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United States health officials have confirmed another case of a virus that has left eight children dead at a paediatric rehabilitation centre.

New diagnoses bring the total number of cases to 25.

Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said the first symptoms showed up September 26, and the state was notified of an outbreak October 9.

"We are working every day to ensure all infection control protocols are continuously followed and closely monitoring the situation at the facility", he said.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people and typically causes mild cold or flu symptoms. The health department was first notified of the outbreak on October 9, according to a statement from the agency.

"Unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus (#7) in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems", Kirgan said. The department can not confirm that the death of an individual who died Friday afternoon was related to the outbreak, officials said. Eleven other children remain sick.

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"This latest death was an individual who had a confirmed case of adenovirus and had become ill before October 22", explains health officials. Adenovirus 7, in the outbreak is linked with communal living arrangements.

"As part of an ongoing effort to ensure all infection control measures are followed, we are taking extra steps to monitor residents and staff for any signs of infectious illness", Elnahal said. "Often people become ill for many reasons, especially these medically fragile children who had respiratory problems as part of their underlying medical conditions".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting with the outbreak at the facility, and the Department of Health Communicable Disease Service is on site as well.

The outbreak will not be declared over until the centre can go four weeks without patients being newly infected.

The department is continuing to investigate the outbreak.


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