Mumps epidemic tops 1,000 cases

first_imgApr 19, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The nation’s largest mumps epidemic in decades has reached well over 1,000 cases and will probably grow further before it ebbs, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Calling the epidemic the largest in more than 20 years, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said it has grown to 815 cases in Iowa and 350 cases in seven other states. Suspected cases are under investigation in seven additional states, she said. Most of the cases are in 18- to 25-year-olds, many of them college students, the CDC has said.”We will not be surprised if we see more people affected either in the college context or as students spend time with their families or their community friends,” which could lead “more extension [of mumps] into the community,” Gerberding said in a teleconference this afternoon.At least 20 people have been hospitalized in the epidemic so far, but none have died of the viral illness, Gerberding said. The illness typically involves swelling of the salivary glands along with fever, headache, malaise, muscles aches, and loss of appetite.The CDC said last week that many of the young adults who have contracted mumps had previously been vaccinated. Today Gerberding cited two likely reasons for the epidemic: some people received only one dose of the vaccine instead of the recommended two doses, and the vaccine simply isn’t effective in about 10% of recipients.”We have no information to suggest there’s any problem with the vaccine,” she said. “The problem here is lack of complete coverage with the vaccine. . . . There’s a group of students, mainly college students, who are less likely to have received both doses of the vaccine.” The CDC says one dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine protects against mumps in about 80% of people.In addition, Gerberding said, “Though this is a very good vaccine, it ‘s not perfect. About 10% of people who get both doses still remain susceptible” to mumps.When people live in crowded settings, such as college dorms or other institutions, a case of mumps can trigger “a cascade of transmission,” she added.People who were born before 1957 are considered immune to mumps, because nearly everyone in that age-group had the illness, according to the CDC.For younger people, coverage with two doses of vaccine is important, and especially so for students, others living in institutions, and healthcare workers, Gerberding said.Referring to healthcare workers, she said, “If you haven’t received two doses, it’s very important that you get your second dose.”Gerberding said the CDC has some MMR vaccine on hand and plans to supply 25,000 doses to Iowa. In addition, the vaccine manufacturer, Merck, has donated 25,000 doses, which the agency will use to immunize people in affected areas. The CDC is not expecting a shortage for now, she said.In response to a question, she said there is no sign that waning immunity is a factor in the epidemic. If waning immunity were the primary problem, there would be more cases in older people, she said.The source of the outbreak is unknown, according to the CDC. The strain circulating in the United States is genotype G, the same as the strain circulating in the United Kingdom, where more than 100,000 cases have occurred in the past few years, Gerberding said. But at this point there is no proof that the situations are linked, she said.Besides Iowa, states involved in the outbeak include Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, the CDC said in its Apr 14 health advisory.In an Apr 7 report, the CDC said the United States has had an average of 265 mumps cases per year since 2001. Gerberding said about 20% of cases are mild or asymptomatic, so people can spread the virus without knowing they have it.The CDC says complications of mumps can include deafness, pancreatitis, meningitis, encephalitis, spontaneous abortion, and inflammation of the testicles, ovaries, or breasts. Aside from deafness, these are more likely in adults than children.See also:CDC. Exposure to mumps during air travel—United States, 2006. MMWR 2006 Apr 11;55(Dispatch):1-2 Mumps epidemic—Iowa, 2006. MMWR 2006 Apr 7;55(13):366-8 read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through May 29

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 978; 2. Ryan Roath, Phoenix, Ariz., 954; 3. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 870; 4. Glen Hibbard, Eu­less, Texas, 865; 5. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas, 862; 6. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 810; 7. Kyle Wil­son, Monterey, Calif., 807; 8. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 806; 9. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 795; 10. Ben Ketteman, Pflugerville, Texas, 782; 11. Joe Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas, 735; 12. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 730; 13. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif., 713; 14. Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa, 706; 15. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif., 705; 16. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., and Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., both 693; 18. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 687; 19. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas, 681; 20. Larry Hood, Bakersfield, Calif., 669. IMCA Late Models – 1. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 498; 2. Curt Schroeder, Ames, Iowa, 392; 3. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 362; 4. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 360; 5. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, Iowa, 357; 6. Curtis Glover, Des Moines, Iowa, 350; 7. Justin L. Kay, Wheat­land, Iowa, 340; 8. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 324; 9. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 312; 10. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 300; 11. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 268; 12. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 267; 13. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 256; 14. Craig Jacobs, Urban­dale, Iowa, 252; 15. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 251; 16. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, 245; 17. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 242; 18. Jerry King, Waterloo, Iowa, 237; 19. Spencer Diercks, Daven­port, Iowa, 232; 20. Rob Moss, Iowa City, Iowa, 229. IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 572; 2. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 551; 3. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 529; 4. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 500; 5. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 482; 6. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 373; 7. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 363; 8. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 356; 9. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 344; 10. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 339; 11. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, 336; 12. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 333; 13. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 306; 14. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 273; 15. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 258; 16. Herbert R. Wood, Kennedale, Texas, 253; 17. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 247; 18. D.J. Es­tes Jr., Mansfield, Texas, 229; 19. Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 222; 20. Doug Lovegrove, Waverly, Neb., 217.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 885; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 843; 3. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 828; 4. Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 782; 5. Michael W. Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 755; 6. Michael Sheen, Lamesa, Texas, 723; 7. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 717; 8. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 693; 9. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 683; 10. Jay Schmidt Jr., Tama, Iowa, 672; 11. Jeff Bauser, Belton, Texas, 667; 12. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 666; 13. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 656; 14. James Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa, 641; 15. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 634; 16. Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb., 633; 17. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan., and Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, both 583; 19. Jason Rog­ers, Selden, Kan., 572; 20. Cary White, Lamesa, Texas, 568. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 904; 2. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 739; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 705; 4. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 674; 5. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 671; 6. Jerrad Steele, Andrews, Texas, 665; 7. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., 637; 8. Andrew Sebastian, Minot, N.D., 633; 9. Justin Lathram, Hobbs, N.M., 613; 10. Cody Nielsen, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 606; 11. Colton Pfeifer, Stockton, Kan., 594; 12. Westin Ab­bey, Comanche, Texas, 593; 13. Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., 578; 14. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 576; 15. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, and Aaron R. Shearn, Sioux City, Iowa, both 558; 17. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 543; 18. Lee Riley, Lubbock, Texas, 541; 19. Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb., 530; 20. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa, Iowa, 513.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 979; 2. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif., 954; 3. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 851; 4. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 822; 5. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 781; 6. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 770; 7. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 749; 8. Brett Lowry, Montezuma, Iowa, 690; 9. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 684; 10. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn, Iowa, 649; 11. Brandon Clough, Wallace, Neb., 634; 12. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 632; 13. Jenae Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 621; 14. Kyle Griffith, Taft, Calif., 616; 15. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 583; 16. Todd Boulware, Jeffer­son, S.D., 575; 17. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 573; 18. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 565; 19. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 560; 20. Levi Kiefer, Bakersfield, Calif., 542. Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 929; 2. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 874; 3. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 867; 4. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 860; 5. Allen Montgomery, Fort Worth, Texas, 835; 6. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 709; 7. John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, 674; 8. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 656; 9. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 647; 10. Cody Shoemaker, Paradise, Texas, 643; 11. Jar­rett Roberts, Temple, Texas, 619; 12. Kevin Green, Robinson, Texas, 606; 13. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 593; 14. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 572; 15. Justin Shaw, Sweetwa­ter, Texas, 562; 16. Wesley McNorton, Bowie, Texas, 537; 17. James Holder, China Spring, Texas, 533; 18. Gene Burnett, Leander, Texas, 529; 19. Timothy Cummings, Joshua, Texas, 519; 20. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, 515. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 790; 2. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 767; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 732; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 710; 5. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 699; 6. Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa, 595; 7. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 572; 8. Megan Lappegard, Spencer, Iowa, 568; 9. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 520; 10. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 513; 11. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 492; 12. Kait­lyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 487; 13. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 472; 14. Kiowa Higdon, Hays, Kan., 449; 15. Art Herzog, Hays, Kan., 446; 16. Kirk Pfannenstiel, Hays, Kan., and Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., both 439; 18. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 430; 19. Danny Jack Bag­gerly, Joshua, Texas, and Madison Reed, Stockton, Kan., both 415. West Coast Super Stocks – 1. Lonnie Welch, Bakersfield, Calif., 255; 2. Tim Randolph, Santa Maria, Calif., 248; 3. Steve Nash, Pahrump, Nev., 233; 4. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif., 228; 5. Brady Bell, Bakersfield, Calif., 213; 6. Billy Simkins, Bakersfield, Calif., 174; 7. Jon Blackford, Nipomo, Calif., 158; 8. George Bradburry, Pahrump, Nev., 125; 9. Chad Weber, Santa Maria, Ca­lif., 113; 10. Toby Randolph, Nipomo, Calif., 106; 11. James C. Wulfenstein, Pahrump, Nev., 105; 12. Johnny Bedingfield, Bakersfield, Calif., 102; 13. Dustin Chastain, Tonopah, Nev., 99; 14. Wayne Coffman, Bodfish, Calif., 97; 15. William A. Stevens, Bakersfield, Calif., 66; 16. Jim McCoy, Pahrump, Nev., 64; 17. Donald W. Riley, Pahrump, Nev., 63; 18. Eric Shenberger, Pahrump, Nev., 34; 19. Dale Daffern, Las Vegas, Nev., 33; 20. Mike Corwin, Bakersfield, Calif., Daniel Vlaszof, Las Vegas, Nev., and Cory Little, Pahrump, Nev., each 32.last_img read more

MBB : Oliver’s travels: For 5th time, Purnell looks to resurrect program from obscurity

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Six words best sum up Oliver Purnell in Pete Strickland’s mind: Inch by inch, life’s a cinch.‘Every year, better kids, better players, better program or structure,’ said Strickland, a former assistant under Purnell and now an assistant coach for North Carolina State.The step-by-step process Strickland spoke of applies to every program Purnell has run — Radford, Old Dominion, Dayton and Clemson. Each new head coaching opportunity comes as another stop with heavy rebuilding. And DePaul, the program Purnell unexpectedly took over after leaving Clemson last season, is his next challenge.In his fifth head coaching job, Purnell faces the daunting task of rebuilding a DePaul program at the bottom of the Big East. But the situation is nothing new for Purnell. With his arrival at each program in the past, the team was in bad shape. And each time, Purnell went through the same formula of turning those programs around before leaving to go do the same at another school.‘You start with things that you emphasize and the things that you talk to your team about,’ Purnell said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Jan. 13. ‘You go out and recruit some better players as well to increase your talent level. At the same time, teaching those guys those same principles. Things that you need to do in order to win. Things from being on time to execution to playing hard to the way you conduct yourself on and off the floor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘That’s our way of doing things, and it’s a winning way.’That winning way is something Purnell hopes to bring to DePaul. And if the past is any indication of what lies in store for the Blue Demons program, there is reason for hope.Purnell’s first head coaching job was at Radford. In his third year, Ron Bradley, his top assistant at DePaul, joined him. The team was coming off a 7-22 record in Purnell’s second year. Then Radford went 22-7 that third year — the third-largest single-season turnaround in NCAA history at the time.Purnell’s approach, Bradley said, is to build the entire program.‘Not only does he coach the team and do all those kind of things, he pays attention to what kind of music is played at the games and everything that deals with the program,’ Bradley said. ‘And that’s the kind of challenge that he enjoys.’For Purnell, the next challenges started with Old Dominion, which had a combined 28 wins in the two seasons prior. In Purnell’s final two seasons at ODU, the Monarchs had 21 wins in each. At Dayton, his next stop, the team won six games the season before Purnell was hired. Shortly after Purnell arrived, they were in the NCAAs.And Clemson, Purnell’s most recent rebuilding job, gives Bradley hope for their DePaul team.‘It’s very similar to the first year at Clemson,’ Bradley said. ‘We certainly struggled this year and that first year at Clemson.’That first 2003-04 season at Clemson, Purnell and Bradley were back together for the first time since the late 1980s and early ’90s, when the two were at Maryland and Radford. The team finished 10-18.‘He remained very positive and had a great recruiting class, and the next year we really started to turn things around,’ Bradley said. ‘We went from 10 wins, and then the second year we were in the NIT. So the proof is in the pudding, as they say.’The turnaround Purnell was able to accomplish at Clemson was especially impressive to Strickland.‘Clemson is maybe the least sought-after job for basketball in the ACC,’ Strickland said. ‘He takes it, turns it around. I think two or three straight NCAAs. I mean, this guy never got a great job and yet every time, he made it into a great job.’Former Clemson star and current Washington Wizard Trevor Booker was a part of Purnell’s transformation at Clemson. He saw firsthand Purnell’s qualities as a coach.‘He built the program up,’ Booker said. ‘He did a great job the four years I was there and a couple years before I was there.‘I expect the same thing (at DePaul). That program was kind of down, so I’m expecting him to build that program up.’To do that, Purnell has started by doing what he always does: build inch by inch. The team will have six or seven new players coming in as part of next year’s class, Bradley said. And with Chicago, Purnell and Bradley have a new recruiting tool.Paul Webb thinks Purnell can accomplish a turnaround. When Purnell was an assistant under Webb at Old Dominion in the ’70s and ’80s, he got a sense of what Purnell would become.‘I always felt, you know, after we got into it, that whatever job that he got and whatever the conditions of that program was when he took the job that he would do a good job,’ Webb said.It won’t be easy doing the same in the Big East, arguably the best conference in the country. But it’s not impossible.‘It was a very tough situation that he went into,’ Webb said. ‘It’s going to take a few years. It’s not going to happen overnight.’And Purnell knows that. It’s that inch-by-inch mantra that has worked for him at every head coaching job that gives DePaul hope. Even if the Blue Demons have just one Big East win this season.‘There are moments of frustration for me,’ Purnell said. ‘But at every stop and everywhere I’ve been, it’s been a process. … This is what I signed up for. So you have to push that frustration aside.’Bradley cites Purnell’s optimism and interest in building a complete program — not just going by wins and losses — as traits that exemplify Purnell’s abilities.And keeping his eyes off of DePaul’s record might be the best thing for him as he looks to rebuild. Strickland, the former assistant, knows if anyone can turn the program around, it’s Purnell. His record at those past schools and more than 400 total wins speaks for itself.Purnell isn’t going yard by yard. He’s going inch by inch. That, along with his poise and vision, Strickland said, has been — and will continue to be — the key to his success.‘He has had to go in with his overalls on and start to put in foundations when there was none,’ Strickland said. ‘He never got a job where the foundation was laid and had a semblance of a program already in place.‘Sometimes you get jobs where good guys go and take a better job. … But he never got one of those. He got jobs where people got fired. And God, has he turned them around each time.’rnmarcus@syr.edulast_img read more