U.S. gets help from Dikembe Mutombo to fight Ebola outbreak in Congo

Dikembe Mutombo

U.S. health officials turned to the basketball Hall of Famer for help battling an Ebola outbreak in his native Congo. Mutombo recorded radio and video spots designed to persuade people to take precautions and get care that might stop the disease’s spread. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began posting the spots Monday on its YouTube channel and on the agency’s website. Officials are trying to get radio and TV stations in Congo to air them. About 1,500 have died from the virus in eastern Congo since August, the second deadliest outbreak of the virus.

Maarten van der Weijden

The Olympic long-distance swimming champion completed a marathon swim through 11 towns in the Netherlands on Monday to raise money for cancer research. Van der Weijden finished the 121-mile swim through canals in just over three days. As he reached the finishing point, he stopped, punched the air then gingerly clambered up a ladder out of the water, supported by helpers because his legs were weak. Van der Weijden has been a Dutch celebrity since winning at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after surviving leukemia. He has used his fame to raise millions to fight cancer.

Associated Press

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