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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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Latinas Are Sharing What Their Eyebrows Tragically Looked Like When They First Tried Anastasia Dipbrow


Latinas Are Sharing What Their Eyebrows Tragically Looked Like When They First Tried Anastasia Dipbrow

We all know that eyebrows trends are cyclical. For every decade that there’s a pluck-everything-out-and-sharpie-it-on trend, there’s another that’s all about the au naturel “Blue Lagoon” look. For example, back in the 90s, the look du jour was pencil-thin arches that Latinas like Christina Aguilera and Cameron Diaz favored. But as the 2000s wore on and celebs like the Kardashians and Cara Delevigne grew in popularity, it was no longer the style to have barely-there brows. Instead, the fashion was big, bold, and bushy. And for those of us who were not naturally blessed with bushy brows, the only option was to march our butts into Sephora and invest in some Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Dip Prow Pomade. 

Anyone who’s tried ABH’s infamous Dip Brow Pomade knows that it takes a light touch to skillfully apply the makeup and avoid looking like Oscar The Grouch. With this particular brow pomade, a little goes a long way. But when you’re scrolling through Instagram for hours and seeing all of the Baddie Influencers in all their brow-licious glory, it can be easy to get carried away with your spoolie and angle brush. Hence, the over-filled brow trend was born. 

Naturally, with the advent of social media, all of our embarrassing eyebrow-related missteps are now documented publicly for the world to see forever. 

Recently, Twitter celeb @cakefacecutie posted an all-too accurate Tweet about the way her eyebrows used to look.

The tweet referenced the aforementioned Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Prow Pomade that had virtually taken over Instagram a mere few years ago. While the rest of us were trying to forget the brick-like ombre eyebrows that looked like they’d been tattooed onto people’s faces, @cakefacecutie was reminiscing about the good ol’ days.

Who knows how the over-drawn brow look started? A more natural-looking brow has come back into style since then, rendering the “Baddie” eyebrow look obsolete and embarrassing. But at the time, it had taken over the makeup world’s aesthetic pretty quickly and with a vengeance. We all knew that girl (or were that girl) who was walking around with perma-RBF because her brows were penciled into a terrifying scowl. 

Obviously, @cakefacecutie’s tweet struck a chord, because soon her followers were sharing their own personal stories of their eyebrow evolution.

It seemed as if Twitter users were practically jumping at the chance to chime in with their makeup horror stories. 

Even this girl’s cat was side-eyeing her questionable eyebrow decisions. 

Of course, there were more than a few Latinas who shared their pics of their too-thick fake dark brows.

Let’s be honest: Latinas have never really been able to resist a thick brow (we’re looking at you, Frida!)

Back in the day, it seems as if no one was immune to the shiny allure of the dip-prow pomade!

As we said before, we blame the trend on the emergence of Cara Delevigne as Tumblr’s new It girl. We all wanted bold brows and if we had to resort to Sephora to get them, then that was just the risk we were willing to take. 

How could we forget the concealer-under-the-brow look?

Of course, an over-done eyebrow look wouldn’t be complete without “carving out” your eyebrows with a too-light concealer to really define the look with sharp edges. Because heaven forbid one hair is out of place.

As more and more people added their memories to the Twitter thread, the photos became funnier and funnier.

Maybe the Universe allows bad brow trends to happen so we can laugh about it years later on Twitter? Just a thought.

Some people’s pictures honestly looked like they were joking, the photos were so over-the-top:

There’s something about eyebrow trends that makes people go blind to the oddity of what they’re doing to their faces. And so many of us were walking around like this without anyone stopping us. Let’s be honest: friends don’t let friends overfill their brows with ABH Eyebrow Pomade. 

Unfortunately, because of the way fashion works, we’re sure that we’re currently indulging in some sort of trend that will make us look back and cringe in years to come. Maybe it’s our beloved high-waisted jeans, or the drawn-on freckles, or the resurgence of the 90s face-framing tendrils. But, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all be roasting ourselves on Twitter for thinking we looked good.

This Latina Got A Text From Her Ex Right Before His Wedding Day And Twitter Is Wrecked


This Latina Got A Text From Her Ex Right Before His Wedding Day And Twitter Is Wrecked

What would you do if an ex of yours were to hit you up out of the blue? To some it might not be a big deal, to others, it might be a little weird, and to many, it might just be a little random.  

Added plot twist: what would you do if an ex of yours were to hit you up right before his wedding day? What are you supposed to do in a situation like that? Alexa, play “Someone Like You” by Adele. 

Last week, Twitter user Alexsa Sanchez Aquilar tweeted out a text she received from an ex right before his wedding day.

Yup, you heard that right.

In a post to her Twitter feed, Sanchez Aquilar shared that her ex texted after out of the blue. The day before his wedding.  the “I’m getting married tomorrow. I wanted to send you this message. (My fiance knows I’m sending this to you) Thank you for being my first love. Thank you for always encouraging me, thank you for keeping me out of trouble, thank you for the times you took care of me when I was sick, and depressed. Thank you for loving me. If you haven’t already I hope you one day find love,” the message says.

While the woman who shared the tweet didn’t say much when sharing the initial screenshot beside “i–i’m speechless” –– other people on Twitter had a lot of mixed reactions as the tweet quickly went viral.

The really long message from her ex goes on to say, “If you loved me that much when we were young I can only imagine how strong people and powerful your love is now. The way your heart is made it’s amazing. I know we were only kids when we dated but you taught me what love is. To the man who is lucky enough to have you as their wife I hope he treats you with care, I hope he knows who he has in front of him, I hope he shows you love and loyalty every day. You deserve that and more.”

“My point in all of this is, you are the reason why I know how to love someone. You taught me love, you taught me how to deal with my anger, how to deal with my depression and how to live life to the fullest and I’m grateful for you. I wish you love and happiness.”

BuzzFeed, who first wrote about the viral tweet, also reached out to Aguilar for comment. “At first, I didn’t know what to say. I started crying when I read the text –– it warmed my heart that I helped him be a better version of himself.”

But of course, many didn’t share Aguilar’s sentiment had questions about why the ex felt the need to send her a text the day before his wedding?

Like, should Aguilar have been like “congratulations, but are you sure about getting married?”

While some understood where @masonrain_ was coming from, they felt that perhaps the ex-boyfriend was simply reflecting and expressing his gratitude toward Aquilar –– even if the timing felt a bit sketchy.

But @masonrain_  flat out thought it was disrespectful to both Aguilar and the fiancé. It got people thinking and arguing about whether you’d be a little thrown off if your partner told you that they’d be reaching out to their ex the day before your wedding?

Ultimately, many Twitter users disputed these sentiments and arguments pointing out that in a lot of cases, breakups and past relationship make can make us stronger and that reflecting on them and growing from those mistakes is a good thing.

Plus, while some relationship may have ended badly –– you don’t always have to hold on to resentment or residual feelings of animosity for the rest of your life.

It sounds like Aguilar and her ex-boo went through a lot during their time together as a young couple, and it sounds like they look back at it fondly rather than negatively.

For one, Aguilar tells BuzzFeed that the texts weren’t weird at all –– despite everybody else’s two cents about the situation. She tells BuzzFeed that she and her ex had helped each other through difficult times. “We helped each other heal, I feel like no matter what happens, he and I will forever have respect towards each other,” she said.

Like Aguilar said we can all benefit from a broken heart and allow ourselves to see why a relationship might not have worked out and chalk it up it as a lesson learned.

I wanted to show that just because things don’t work out with someone, that doesn’t mean you should have hate towards them,” Aguilar said. “Regardless of everything, you were meant to be a part of that person’s life, and them, yours.”

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