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17 Facts About The Adenovirus Outbreak In New Jersey

In late October, New Jersey health officials announced that that 29 children and one staff member at a health facility in Haskell, N.J. were sick with adenovirus. As of November 7, 2018, 10 of the sick children had died. Adenovirus is a common type of virus that can infect many parts of the body, including the lungs, throat, eyes (pink eye), intestines, and nervous system. Children and the elderly are most at risk of serious complications from this virus. The Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Haskell, N.J. is a nursing facility for disabled children and the elderly.

1. The Center Where Adenovirus Broke Out Takes Care of Disabled Children

Adenovirus first broke out in September at the Wanaque Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Haskell in Passaic County. The virus is usually mild and lasts only a few days but can be deadly to sick children and the elderly. The Wanaque Center is a nursing home serving the elderly and disabled children.

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2. The Sick Children Are “Medically Fragile”

Medically fragile children have long-term medical conditions. The children who live at the Wanaque Center where adenovirus broke out have health conditions which require 24-hour nursing care and supervision. They are the most vulnerable to infections like adenovirus.

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3. Adenovirus Can Infect Several Parts of the Body

Adenovirus can infect the nose, throat, and chest. It can cause fever and lead to pneumonia. It can also infect the stomach and intestines. At the same time, it could infect the brain and spinal cord. If it affects the eyes, it causes “pink eye” or conjunctivitis.

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4. The Sick Children Had Compromised Immune Systems

The New Jersey Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal reported that all of the infected children at the Wanaque Center had “compromised immune systems.” Some of the children had respiratory problems making them more vulnerable.

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5. Adenovirus Spreads Easily

Adenovirus spreads through close personal contact. It also spreads through the air, including sneezing and coughing. People can be infected when they touch a surface it is on, and then touch their mouth, nose or eyes. 

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6. There are 52 Different Types of Adenovirus

The adenovirus that infected the children in New Jersey was a respiratory type of the virus. Scientists have discovered 52 types of adenovirus. One of the types is known as “the common cold”.

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7. Adenovirus and Other Viruses Don’t Respond to Antibiotics

Some anti-viral medications have been developed, but aren’t available for adenovirus. Antibiotics like penicillin and amoxicillin won’t stop the adenovirus. The body’s own immune system has to fight them off.

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8. An Adenovirus “Killer Cold” Has Killed Children Before

Adenovirus struck down children in Texas and New York and infected people in other states in 2006 and 2007, leading to the deaths of 10 children. The adenovirus over 10 years ago was adenovirus 14. It known as the “Killer Cold,” according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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9. The Virus at Wanaque Center is Adenovirus Type 7

The New Jersey Department of Public Health reported that the adenovirus that infected the children at the Wanaque Center is adenovirus type 7. This type of adenovirus infects the respiratory system and can be very serious. It is detected through DNA-based lab testing.

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10. More Cases Were Discovered At A Second Center in Voorhees

After news came out about the children getting sick at the Wanaque Center, more cases were discovered at another children’s health center in Voorhees, New Jersey. A total of five sick children have been diagnosed in Voorhees and none have died. Testing has uncovered that a milder kind of the virus,  adenovirus 3 , is the culprit and the two outbreaks probably aren’t connected.

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11. Adenovirus Symptoms Can Show Up Anywhere From Two to Fourteen Days After Being Infected

Adenovirus can ‘incubate’ for as little as two days or as long as two weeks before symptoms show up. Depending on which of the 52 different adenoviruses is causing the infections, symptoms can start differently. Adenoviruses that affect the lungs and nose start with sneezing, coughing, and fever. Adenoviruses that infect the stomach and intestines can start with fever, cramps, diarrhea, and abdominal swelling.

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12. Comedian and Radio Host Joe Piscopo Discussed the Outbreak on His Show

Joe Piscopo, former SNL comedian, Jersey native, and radio host, discussed the adenovirus outbreak on his show on AM 970 with State Assemblyman Robert Auth. Some parents of children who have died are asking for the Wanaque facility to be closed.

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13. Adenovirus Can Cause Chronic Lung Disease

According to Boston Children’s Hospital, some types of adenovirus can turn into a chronic lung disease. This form of the virus is rare but it is fatal in 10% of the children who get it.

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14. Parents of A Child Who Died Want Wanaque Shut Down

Four-year-old Dorcase Dolcin was one of the children who died at the Wanaque Center and her parents Ocroimy Dolcin and Modeline Auguste have told news agencies that they want the center to be closed. Dorcase was born with disabilities and immune system problems. The parents believe Dorcase was neglected, leading to her infection and death only a few weeks after her fourth birthday.

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15. You Can Prevent Adenovirus With Good Health Habits

One kind of adenovirus is “the common cold.” You can prevent the mild or severe types of adenovirus with good health habits. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching surfaces and then your eyes, nose, and mouth.

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16. Adenovirus Can Live Between One Week and Three Months Outside the Body

Adenovirus can live outside the body on surfaces for a week, and in some cases up to three months, according to Health Canada. Bleach and heat will kill adenoviruses, but hand sanitizers won’t. Keep sick children at home and use good health habits to prevent infections.

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17. The New Jersey Health Department Has a Health Team At the Wanaque Center

After the outbreak was confirmed, the New Jersey Department of Health stationed a team of disease prevention professionals at Wanaque. The Center has been cited for unsanitary conditions and poor patient care in previous years. The Wanaque outbreak is severe, but according to the New Jersey Health Department, “hundreds of outbreaks occur at health facilities” in the state every year.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America


Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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