After a state investigation revealed unsanitary conditions at an outpatient surgery center in northern New Jersey, thousands of patients who were treated there have been advised to get their blood tested, CBS News reports. The HealthPlus Surgery Center, located in Saddle Brook, NJ has contacted a jaw dropping 3,778 patients who received procedures between January and September 7 of this year that they may have been exposed to infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV. “During this time period, lapses in infection control in sterilization/cleaning instruments and the injection of medications may have exposed patients to bloodborne pathogens,” the center wrote in a letter to patients. Officials shut down the facility from September 7 through September 28 after it was discovered that proper protocols were not being followed by the surgery center’s staff. In response to these findings, the surgery center asserts that it has cleaned and repaired all of its … [Read more...] about Almost 3,800 Patients Potentially Exposed To HIV & Hepatitis at New Jersey Surgery Center
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Wiki Wormhole We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,664,405-week series, Wiki Wormhole. This week’s entry: Ong’s Hat What it’s about: An Old West ghost town! Twenty miles west of the Atlantic Ocean, that is. Halfway between the shore and Philadelphia, New Jersey has its very own ghost town, with a name that stands out as odd even in a state with municipalities like Cheesequake, Frelinghuysen, and Buttzville. Ong’s Hat has everything you’d want in a town—a funny name, a colorful origin story, a dubious claim to even existing… and a central role in the internet’s first conspiracy theory. Biggest controversy: The town’s not actually a town, as such. And not just because it’s an unincorporated community with a population of zero. The Hat may have only ever comprised one single building: Ong’s Hut. In fact, it’s possible Ong’s Hut is the correct name of the place, but it said Ong’s Hat … [Read more...] about The internet’s first conspiracy theory involved a ghost town in New Jersey
Acquired Tastes In Acquired Tastes, The Takeout explores the food and drinks we can’t live without. Any story written about New Jersey first addresses either its adversarial reputation, its relationship to the New York metro area, or its most famous exports: The Sopranos or Bruce Springsteen. What we should be talking about is breakfast meat. Thanks to Jersey’s bombastic reputation, celebrated restaurants enjoy a larger-than-life devotion: Benny Tudino’s Pizza in Hoboken, White House Sub Shop in Atlantic City, Dosa Hut in Jersey City, White Manna burgers in Hackensack, The Hot Grill’s Texas weiners in Clifton. These icons have been good enough for plenty of TV shows and newspaper profiles, but breakfast is true Jersey. With 500,000 estimated commuters rushing out of the Garden State for work, N.J. has turned the morning meal on the go into an art. And its masterpiece is pork roll. Deeply treasured by New Jerseyans, pork roll (also known as Taylor ham) is … [Read more...] about Pork roll is New Jersey’s treasured bacon B-side
Officials have confirmed the ninth death of a child at a New Jersey nursing home in the last week alone, with at least eight of the fatalities being confirmed as the result of adenoviruses, CNN reported on Sunday. According to CNN, at least 25 pediatric adenovirus infections have been confirmed at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the city of Haskell as starting between Sept. 26 and Oct. 22. Adenoviruses are a family of common viruses that can cause respiratory symptoms as well as diarrhea, fever, internal inflammation, and neurological disease, among others. The outbreak at Wanaque is type 7 adenovirus, which the Centers for Disease Control writes is “most commonly associated with acute respiratory disease.” Usually adenovirus infections are mild, but they can quickly become life-threatening if a patient is immunocompromised or has respiratory difficulties, and those patients can remain infectious for quite some time. CNN wrote that while eight of the … [Read more...] about Ninth Child Dies at New Jersey Nursing Home Facing Adenovirus Outbreak
I was a New Jersey resident until the age of 18—I still have the cell-phone area code to prove it—so I try to keep an eye trained on that state’s beer scene. Earlier this week, Garden State beer folks began messaging me: Had I seen the new brewery regulations? People were calling them “draconian” and “pretty messed up.” They directed me to an online petition, should I feel as upset as they are. Before you make up your mind, here’s some necessary background: Before 2012, New Jersey breweries were only allowed to sell patrons four 4-ounce beer samples on-site, plus two six-packs to-go. Thus, breweries weren’t really destinations except for all but the most die-hard of beer geeks. In 2012 though, a new law was passed that allowed breweries to sell pints, give tours, and sell up to a half-keg of beer to-go. Some details—about events, food trucks, etc.—were left in a sort of gray area and were slated to be ironed out after … [Read more...] about Are New Jersey’s new brewery regulations too restrictive?