Thriving in a long-term care facility, the bugs are circulating with ease and attacking the most vulnerable.
The common cold is usually harmless. Annoying, yet harmless. It may make you seek the comfort of your bed for a few days, but you’ll get over it.
For those with a weakened immune system though, it can be a different story.
At the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey, 11 children have died from being infected with a strand of adenovirus, a mild cold virus.
Furthermore, over twenty others have fallen ill, an article on Dailymail.co.uk states.
Adenovirus usually infects the respiratory system.
It causes a sore throat, chest infection, coughing, fever and pink eye, and consequently, can feel like a bad cold or the flu. Like other viruses, it can have different strains and strengths.
This particular one is hard-hitting and experts believe that staff members at the facility have encouraged it to spread through poor hand washing habits.
Using antibacterial hand sanitizers won’t necessarily destroy this bug, if it lands on your skin. It seems to be resistant to antimicrobial chemicals, and needs to be scrubbed away manually through hand washing.
Adenovirus spreads like any other cold, through droplets in the air that move through coughing, sneezing and crying.
The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is a professional nursing home, rehabilitation center, and pediatrics center that offers both short and longterm care to both adults and children.