Almost 10 years laterA smiling Sherwin Marcus on Monday walked out of court a free man, having been acquitted of an allegation of carnal knowledge committed on a female under the age of 15 almost 10 years ago.Freed: Sherwin MarcusHis case was heard by judge of the Sexual Offences Court, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow.Marcus was accused of committing the offence between March 1 and 31, 2009 at a community in the county of Demerara. The female was 13 years old at the time.After nearly three hours of deliberation, the jury returned with its decision in a 10-2 verdict of not guilty.After informing Marcus of his freedom, Justice Barlow encouraged him to stay out of trouble, and informed him that whatever he does with his life henceforth is in his hands.This case was prosecuted by State Attorney Narrisa Leander, while Marcus’s legal counsel was Attorney Clyde Forde.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an email that it is providing technical assistance to the state. In the past 10 years, cases of severe illness and death from the type of infection found at the facility have been reported in the United States, said CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowlie in an email, though it’s unclear how many deaths there have been. The strain afflicting the children is usually associated with acute respiratory illness, according to the CDC, which on its website instructs health workers to report unusual clusters to state or local health departments. (Catalini, 10/23) The New Jersey Department of Health was working on Tuesday to contain a severe viral outbreak at a pediatric center that has left six children dead and 12 others infected. The state has barred the facility, the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, from accepting new patients until the outbreak is contained. Children at the Wanaque Center, in northern New Jersey, are pediatric long-term care residents, with some reliant on ventilators and tracheal tubes. (Corasaniti, 10/23) The Associated Press: 6 Children Dead, 12 Sick In Viral Outbreak At Rehab Center Severe Viral Outbreak At A New Jersey Pediatric Center Leaves 6 Children Dead, 12 Others Infected The New Jersey Department of Health said it is conducting an investigation at the center, which has been cited in the past for health code violations and had a two-out-of-five star rating on health inspections from CMS. CNN: New Jersey Virus Outbreak Kills 6 Children, Sickens 12 Others The mother of a seriously ill 14-year-old boy says it took more than a week to learn about the severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey healthcare facility that sent her son to the hospital and claimed the lives of six other children. According to the New Jersey Department of Health officials, there have been 18 reported cases of adenovirus involving children at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, Passaic County. Six of those cases resulted in fatalities. (Kent, 10/23) The New Jersey Department of Health said it’s an ongoing outbreak investigation and workers were at the facility Tuesday. A team at the facility on Sunday found minor handwashing deficiencies. Adenoviruses can cause mild to severe illness, though serious illness is less common. People with weakened immune systems or existing respiratory or cardiac disease are at higher risk of developing severe illness from an adenovirus infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Ly and Scutti, 10/24) CBS News: Adenovirus Kills 6 Children At Wanaque Center For Nursing And Rehabilitation In New Jersey; 12 Others Sickened In Outbreak The New York Times: Adenovirus Outbreak Leaves 6 Children Dead At N.J. Pediatric Center NJ.com: N.J. Virus Outbreak Was Kept Under Wraps For More Than A Week, Angry Mom Says Adenovirus is spread from one infected person to another through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; coughing or sneezing; or touching a contaminated object or surface, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands. It can also be spread through contact with an infected person’s stool, including during diaper changing. (10/23) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.