Police cruisers are seen parked near the entrance of the Wanaque Center For Nursing and Rehabilitation, where New Jersey state Health Department confirmed the 18 cases of adenovirus, today, in Haskell, N.J. The outbreak has left six children dead and 12 others sick.
Nicole Kirgan, a spokeswoman for the health department, told Daily Mail Online in a statement that the outbreak was caused by adenovirus type 7.
Kirgan added: 'The combination of a worse strain of adenovirus together with a fragile population has led to a more severe outbreak'.
On Sunday, an inspection team found "minor handwashing deficiencies" at the centre, which also provides short- and long-term adult nursing and rehabilitation services. "As a result, facility staff have diligently implemented all available infection control and prevention measures in order to protect the health and safety of the Wanaque Center's residents".
The center helps educate "medically fragile children", according to its website.
The facility was instructed not to admit new patients until the outbreak ends, and the Health Department said the number of new cases appears to be decreasing.
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They are a common cause of illnesses ranging from a cold to bronchitis to pneumonia and even pink eye, particularly in young children.
The outbreak occurred in recent days at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, according to a statement from the New Jersey Department of Health.
Local news site NewJersey.com reported that a letter had been sent to parents of patients about an outbreak on 18 Oct, but officials did not confirm any details about the virus until Tuesday.
"The strain has been particularly associated with disease in communal living arrangements and can be more severe", health officials said.