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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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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi


This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato


Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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