Deaths from the Ebola outbreak are now over 7,000, according to the latest World Health Organization data.Time reported that the most hit by the deaths from the virus is Sierra Leone.The WHO data showed that there are 7,373 deaths as of Friday posting.The Guardian reported that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was in Sierra Leone Friday.He is optimistic that the disease is slowing down”We have a long way to go. Zero cases in Liberia, and this entire region, must be everyone’s goal,” he was quoted as saying. Ban also was in Liberia where it is now Ebola-free.The total number of cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia is now 19,031.Up from 18,569.Guinea and Sierra Leone are also taking measures to prevent transmission by imposing bans on new year’s eve celebrations such as “fireworks displays and beach gatherings,” according to The Guardian.The WHO website said the Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated.It added that Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo.However, the outbreak in March this year is the largest with more cases and deaths since it was discovered in 1976.”The most severely affected countries, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have very weak health systems, lacking human and infrastructural resources, having only recently emerged from long periods of conflict and instability. On August 8, the WHO Director-General declared this outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” the website added.WHO stated that humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. Vomiting, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function follow this.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Print Friendly Version Phillip (Red) Murrell, 84, who earned third-team All-American honors for the Drake basketball team in 1957-58, died recently in Tulsa, Okla., after a long term illness.A 6-foot 4-inch forward, Murrell was named to the Des Moines Register Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and became the first player at Drake ever to have his jersey (33) retired. In his three seasons at Drake, Murrell scored 1,657 points (22.7 points per game), leaving as the school’s all-time leading scorer – a record that stood until 2010. The two-time first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference selection set eight other Drake records including a school single-game record 51 points against Houston – in his final game in a Drake uniform scoring the winning basketball in an overtime 88-87 home victory March 3, 1958.He was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals after his junior season, but opted to return to Drake for the 1957–58 season. That year Murrell set the Drake single-season scoring record (668 points), while ranking fifth in the NCAA in scoring with a 26.7 average.He enjoyed 18 30-plus scoring games in his career and became the first Drake player to collect 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game tallying 24 points and 20 rebounds against Los Angeles State Dec. 19, 1956Following his college career, Murrell was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in the fourth round of the 1958 NBA draft (25th overall). Instead, he signed with the Phillips 66ers of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and began working for Phillips Petroleum where in 1960 he was named an AAU All-American.A 6-4 forward, Murrell attended Moberly (Mo.) Junior College where he earned second-team All-American honors after leading Moberly to the National Junior College Association title in 1955 before transferring to Drake. and the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2011.