Adenovirus continues to plague in New Jersey children's care facility where 20 patients have now been sickened and 10 have died.
Another pediatric facility has been reported five cases of the virus, though officials believe that a different, weaker strain of the virus is affecting children there.
The lethal outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey, started in late September, spreading among children with weakened immune systems.
An investigation of Wanaque
The most recent outbreak at Voorhees Pediatric Facility is also affecting immunocompromised children, and milder cases of the virus among the general public may be common this season two to the warmer, wetter autumn.
Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that infect the linings of the eyes, lungs, intestines, urinary tract, and nervous system. A strong strain of the virus has sickened 30 children
Adenovirus is, typically, a mild bug that causes the common cold.
The virus infects the respiratory system, causing sore throat, chest and throat congestion, coughing, pink eye and fever.
But the virus acts very similarly to the flu, and is often mistaken for it.
In fact, adenovirus can feel even worse than the flu.
Like most bugs, it has many different strains with different strenghts.
The type striking the Wanaque Center in New Jersey is adenovirus seven.
People who live in the park, like Wanaque and Voorhees, thriving and spreading where people touch other people and they are breathing, coughing and sneezing in close quarters.
This strain is known to test deadly in some cases.
Meanwhile, at the Voorhees facility, the five cases diagnosed can be type three.
'Type 3 is sometimes associated with severe illness and even death,' the New Jersey Department of Health said in a statement on Monday.
Other studies group the two strains together, and categorize the pair as potentially fatal, especially to children.
The virus spreads into droplets expelled into the air or onto surfaces from coughs, sneezes or tears.
So even wiping down potentially contaminated areas only goes so far against adenovirus. It is notoriously stubborn against disinfectant sprays and wipes.
WHAT IS ADENOVIRUS AND WHY ARE SOME STRAINS DEADLY?
There are over 100 types of adenovirus, of which 49 can infect humans.
Versions of the virus underlie several of the mots common illnesses that strike humans, including gastronteritis (stomach flu), pink eye and the common cold.
Adenoviruses that infect the respiratory system typically causes a throat, chest congestion, coughing, sneezing and fever.
Some strains, including mild, and very rarely life threatening.
But others, such as seven can cause much more severe illness.
These stronger strains may even be deadly, especially for children and those with compromised immune systems.
Adenovirus sometimes 'masquerades' as the flu.
A negative reaction test.
Like most viruses, there is no specific treatment for adenovirus except to manage the symptoms and wait it out.
Last week, the Health Department sent to inspectors to Wanaque and University Hospitals.
At Wanaque, the team found their staff.
Because the virus is resistant to the chemical substances, the best way to minimize its spread is through the mechanical act of scrubbing.
Outbreaks of adenovirus: inevitably occurring periodically, but the climate may be driving the apparent uptick in serious adenovirus infections.
Adenovirus is a group of diseases in the so-called North Atlantic Oscillation indices.
Along with measles, viral meningitis and gastroenteritis, cases of adenovirus increased in Europe, according to a 2013 study.
In October, the average temperature for the month in New Jersey was 57.4F and the average daily precipitation is 3.68 inches.
This year's temperatures and October rainfall were closely in line with these averages, but there was some kind of precipitation 32 days that month. Normally, it only rains about nine days in October in New Jersey.
A wetter climate may help explain higher rates of flu-like infection in the general population, but it does not explain what is happening to the children in health facilities.
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