The death toll from a viral outbreak at a medical care centre in the US state of New Jersey has risen to seven children, with 11 more infected.

The strain of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation was “associated with communal living” and “known to cause severe illness”, officials said in a statement.

The children affected were “medically fragile”, the statement added.

The state investigation is ongoing. The centre is now closed to new patients.

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