Six children have died and another 12 have fallen ill after a 'severe outbreak' of a potentially life-threatening virus at a New Jersey pediatric care facility.
The New Jersey Department of Health confirmed that a total of 18 children with compromised immune systems were infected with adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell.
The outbreak was reported days after inspectors found 'minor handwashing deficiencies' at the facility, which houses elderly people and children.
Adenoviruses usually cause mild illnesses, but health officials say that outbreak is 'severe' because of the infected children's weakened immune systems.
According to a statement from the Department of Health, the Wanaque Center 'has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance.'