9th person dies amid virus outbreak at New Jersey pediatric center

NEW JERSEY

9th person dies amid outbreak of virus

A ninth person has died at a pediatric rehabilitation center amid an outbreak of a respiratory virus, New Jersey health officials said.

An additional “medically fragile child” who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night, the state’s health department said.

Adenovirus has not been confirmed in another person who died Friday, officials said. A staff member also became ill. New diagnoses bring the total number of cases to 25. Those affected range in age from toddlers to young adults, with the vast majority younger than 18.

Adenovirus usually poses little risk for healthy people and typically causes mild cold or flu symptoms. Some strains also cause diarrhea and conjunctivitis.

The strain found in the rehab center outbreak is among the more potent types and sometimes causes more serious respiratory illness, especially among those with weak immune systems.

The first symptoms showed up Sept. 26, and the state was notified of an outbreak Oct. 9, officials said.

— Associated Press

NEW YORK

Deli may have sold 1 of

winning lottery tickets

The co-owner of a Manhattan deli where someone purchased one of two Powerball tickets that hit the $688 million jackpot said that he probably sold the winning ticket, but that he has no idea who won.

Jose Espinosa, 41, and his father own the West Harlem Deli, which lottery officials say sold a ticket that matched all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing for the fourth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The ticket holder will split the winnings with whoever purchased the other winning ticket from a convenience store in a small Iowa town.

The other winning ticket was sold at Casey’s convenience store in Redfield, Iowa, a rural community of about 800 people about 35 mile west of Des Moines. A clerk who answered the phone at the store Sunday declined to comment.

— Associated Press

Mercedes scrutinized over recall notices: The U.S. government is investigating German automaker Mercedes-Benz, alleging that is has been slow to mail safety recall notices and file required reports involving recalls of more than 1.4 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents that a review shows Mercedes exceeded time limits for mailing letters to owners. The agency also said it has questions about the company’s process and cadence for making recall decisions and notifying the government about them. Mercedes said in a statement that it makes every effort to ensure recall campaigns and customer notifications are done in a timely manner.

Austin lifts boil-water advisory: Officials in Austin have lifted a boil-water notice implemented after the city’s water supply was filled with silt, mud and debris caused by recent heavy rains and flooding. A statement on the city website said the notice was rescinded as of 3 p.m. Sunday after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported test results showed the city’s tap water met purity standards. However, restrictions on water use for outdoor irrigation, filling pools or spas, operating ornamental fountains, and washing homes and vehicles remain in place. The rescinding comes a day after the West Travis County Public Utility Agency lifted its boil-water notice. The notices were issued Oct. 22 after silt from flooded Colorado River lakes filled water intakes.

— Associated Press