ZTE Blade 20 5G Launched With Dimensity 720 SoC, Triple Rear Cameras: Price, Specifications

first_imgZTE Blade 20 5G runs on Android 10, with MiFavor 10.5 on top. It features a 6.52-inch display with 720×1,600 pixels resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 720 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.For photography, ZTE Blade 20 5G comes with a triple rear camera setup that features a 16-megapixel primary snapper, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, and an additional 2-megapixel sensor. For selfies and video chats, an 8-megapixel shooter is placed inside the waterdrop-style notch at the front.ZTE Blade 20 5G packs a 4,000mAh battery that doesn’t support fast charging. Connectivity options on the phone comprises Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. Sensors include accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and a compass. ZTE Blade 20 5G features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as well. The phone measures 165x975x88.9mm.- Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. ZTE Blade 20 5G has been launched in China as the latest smartphone offering from the company. Featuring a 6.52-inch IPS LCD display, ZTE Blade 20 5G comes with a triple rear camera setup and a 4,000mAh battery. It features a fingerprint scanner and comes with FM support as well. ZTE Blade 20 5G is offered in a single storage configuration and two colour options. The new ZTE phone is launched soon after the Chinese firm unveiled the Yahoo Mobile ZTE Blade A3Y, the first Yahoo-branded smartphone from Verizon.ZTE Blade 20 5G priceZTE Blade 20 5G is priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 16,700) in China for the sole 6GB + 128GB storage model, as announced by the company on Weibo. The phone is being offered in two colour options – Jazzy Grey and Light Blue Mint. As of now, it is not known if and when the smartphone will make its way to the Indian market.ZTE Blade 20 5G specifications- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Trump must win Pennsylvania to beating Biden

first_imgGetty Images Underlying Luntz’s forecast is his assumption that Trump wins Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, as well as North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes. The other side of Luntz’s assumptions are that Biden wins Arizona’s 11 electoral votes and Nevada’s 6 electoral votes. NBC News has not made any projections in those races.That then leaves a trio of key bricks in the so-called “blue wall” that Trump won in upset fashion in 2016: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.- Advertisement – Longtime Republican pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC on Wednesday that President Donald Trump needs to win Pennsylvania in order to have a chance at defeating Democratic challenger Joe Biden.Luntz’s comments on “Squawk Box” come as the outcome of Tuesday’s election still hangs in the balance, with neither candidate having earned the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the presidential race, according to NBC News. Biden currently has 224 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 213, NBC News reports.- Advertisement – “The three critical states, and Donald Trump would have to win two of them, at this point, are Pennsylvania, where he has a clear lead, and Michigan and Wisconsin, where it will be much more difficult for him,” Luntz said.Luntz believes Biden is in more favorable positions in Wisconsin and Michigan, which have 10 and 16 electoral votes, respectively. NBC News has not made a projection in either Michigan or Wisconsin.“We could have a situation I think the most likely outcome — is that whoever wins, wins with less than 280 electoral votes, which means they’re only one state away on either side,” Luntz added.Earlier Wednesday morning, Trump falsely claimed he had won the presidential election, despite the fact millions of legally cast ballots had yet to be counted at the time of his remarks. Speaking to a room of supporters from the White House, Trump also threatened legal action, saying that “we want all voting to stop.” All polls in U.S. states had, in fact, been closed at the time.The Biden campaign pushed back vigorously on Trump’s remarks, with campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon calling them “outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect.”“If the president makes good on his threat to go to court to try to prevent the proper tabulation of votes, we have legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort. And they will prevail,” she added in a written statement.Before Trump spoke, Biden urged patience, saying, “it’s not over until every vote is counted.”  “Donald Trump must win Pennsylvania if he’s to get to 270,” Luntz said. Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes. While Trump currently holds a lead in the Keystone State, NBC News considers the race too early to call as a significant number of mail-in votes remain uncounted. Luntz said he believes those mail-in votes will favor Biden heavily.“I believe when all the votes are counted, this is going to be dead even, which is why it’s going to take at least the next six hours and as much as another 24 hours before we know who is the winner,” Luntz added. “It’s going to be so close in Pennsylvania that it may require a state recount.” This combination of pictures created on October 30, 2020 shows Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Covid-19 at The Queen theater on October 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware and US President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a Make America Great Again rally as he campaigns in Gastonia, North Carolina, October 21, 2020.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

James Baker, a veteran of the 2000 Florida recount, says Trump should not try to stop vote counting.

first_imgBy the time the Supreme Court halted any further recounts more than a month later, on the grounds that different counties were applying different standards in determining which ballots should be deemed valid, Mr. Bush’s lead had been pared to just 537, still enough to hold onto Florida’s electoral votes.“There are huge differences,” Mr. Baker said of the Florida battle and the brewing fights over this week’s election. “For one thing, our whole argument was that the votes have been counted and they’ve been counted and they’ve been counted and it’s time to end the process. That’s not exactly the message that I heard on election night. And so I think it’s pretty hard to be against counting the votes.”As an example, he disapproved of the Republican effort to throw out 127,000 votes in his hometown, Houston, because they were cast through a drive-by system that the party objected to. “I didn’t think that was a particularly wise thing to do and as it turns out it wasn’t wise legally because they’ve lost in state court and in federal court,” he said.- Advertisement – “We never said don’t count the votes,” Mr. Baker said. “That’s a very hard decision to defend in a democracy.”Mr. Baker’s comments came shortly after Mr. Trump posted a message on Twitter demanding “STOP THE COUNT,” in keeping with his assault on the election results before they were even in. The president went before television cameras early on Wednesday morning to characterize the routine counting of votes as somehow an effort to steal the election. The White House says it wants a “James Baker-like” figure to lead its postelection battle to somehow find a way to win a second term. But the real James Baker says the White House should stop trying to stop the votes from being counted.Mr. Baker, the former secretary of state who led the legal and political team during the Florida recount battle in 2000 that secured the presidency for George W. Bush, said in an interview on Thursday that President Trump may have legitimate issues to pursue but they should not be used to justify a halt to the initial tabulation of ballots.- Advertisement – In 2000 Mr. Bush and Al Gore, the Democratic candidate, only started their legal fight after the votes in Florida were initially counted. Mr. Bush finished election night with a lead of 1,784 votes out of some 6 million cast in the state that would determine which candidate would win the Electoral College. Because the margin was so small, an automatic machine recount was then conducted, upholding Mr. Bush’s lead. After signs that some valid votes had not been counted, Mr. Gore’s team went to court asking for hand recounts in four heavily Democratic counties while Mr. Baker argued that the votes did not need to be counted again.- Advertisement – Mr. Baker, who has not publicly endorsed Mr. Trump and has been sharply critical at times but personally voted for him, said the president had every right to challenge results after they have been counted if there are legitimate grounds to question their validity. – Advertisement – Mr. Baker does agree that Mr. Trump should find someone like Mr. Baker to serve as a field marshal. “Message discipline,” he said, “is particularly important in something like this.” But at age 90, he is ready for it to be someone else.last_img read more

The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 2 Recap: Baby Yoda Loves Frog Eggs

first_imgCornered, the Mando pushes into gear and tries to flee, diving into a nearby planet’s atmosphere to evade the New Republic patrol. Hurtling through the clouds and pulling off some brave manoeuvres isn’t enough to lose his tail though, but he’s eventually able to find a hiding spot after entering an ice canyon. The trouble with an ice canyon is that it’s impossible to tell if there’s earth beneath a spot or not. The Razor Crest crashes through the landing base, falls onto the surface below, and gets severely damaged. A frustrated Mando tells the Frog Lady that the deal is off, and tells her to go to sleep as he will inspect his spaceship in the morning when the temperatures are better.The Frog Lady is quite impatient though, and spots the severed head of the droid Zero, lying in the hull of the Razor Crest. The Mando is rudely woken up from his slumber by its familiar voice (Richard Ayoade) as the Frog Lady reveals that she got hold of its “vocabulator” — an instant voice translator — as they were unable to communicate. Mando didn’t speak or understand Frog, while the Frog Lady only understood the common tongue but couldn’t speak it. She then explains that he must get them to Trask because these are the last eggs she will ever lay, and the planet her husband has found is the only one hospitable for their species. She then reminds him about the Mandalorian code, which finally gets him to start the repairs.Can someone convey that to Baby Yoda too? He’s currently the biggest threat to the survival of the Frog Lady’s family line, having slowly been consuming her eggs whenever no one is looking. Baby Yoda, you monster! Given that he’s constantly keeping track of where the eggs are, it’s Baby Yoda who points to the Mando that the Frog Lady has taken off with her eggs. The two find her in a nearby hot water pool, with the eggs being given the heat they need. The Mando notes that it’s not safe and begins to pick up the eggs, and reprimands Baby Yoda — again — when the green critter unashamedly tries to grab an egg for himself, right in front of the Frog Lady.mandalorian season 2 episode 2 baby yoda mandalorian season 2 episode 2Baby Yoda is sad that he can’t eat more Frog eggs in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2Photo Credit: Disney/LucasfilmPushed away from the eggs he loves, Baby Yoda starts exploring the rest of the ice cave. He finds and breaks into another tomb-shaped egg and consumes the offspring whole — good god, does the Mando not give Baby Yoda any food or what? — which somehow wakes up all the other eggs around it. Tiny white spiders, of all sizes, start to stream out of the eggs and are soon followed by their elder brothers and sisters — and the giant mother spider. With hundreds of spiders on their tail, the Mando picks up Baby Yoda and asks the Frog Lady to make a run for it.As they run through the ice cave, the spiders begin to surround them for all sides, and the Mando blasting off a few here and there doesn’t deter them at all. He then deploys a series of explosives to hurt the mother spider but its progeny keep following them, right into the Razor Crest. Somehow, the three — the Mando, Baby Yoda, and the Frog Lady — make it into the cockpit, which is then closed shut by Mando as he uses his arm flamethrower to fry off the immediate invaders. A few remaining ones climb over Baby Yoda, and The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2 suggests that he’s vapourised them with his mind powers, only to reveal a tiny blaster in the hands of the Frog Lady.Just as they are about to take off in the Razor Crest, the mother spider bursts in from the top and pierces through the glass hull of the cockpit. But then, the giant spider falls flat on its face as red blasters light up the air outside the Mando’s spaceship. He exits the cockpit to find out who the miraculous rescue party is, and discovers to his surprise, that it’s the same New Republic X-wing pilots he had fled from earlier. As a wondering Mando looks at them, the elder pilot explains that they ran through the full story of what happened on the New Republic prisoner transport.mandalorian season 2 episode 2 dead spider mandalorian season 2 episode 2Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2Photo Credit: Disney/LucasfilmThough Mando busted out a prisoner (who was later blown up), he also left behind three of his back-stabbing teammates, who were themselves “priority targets on a wanted register.” Additionally, he risked his life to protect a New Republic lieutenant. Mando expects to be arrested, but the pilots let him go because these are “trying times”, which is a good reminder that The Mandalorian is set just five years after the collapse of the Empire in 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Mando tries to go a step ahead and ask for their help in fixing his broken ship, but the pilots rebuff him and remind him to fix his transponder just so they won’t blow him up the next time they spot him.He then gets to work on the repairs himself, before taking off for Trask with one of two engines barely functioning. Will the next episode be another going-nowhere-chapter that finds the Razor Crest floating in space without power? Hopefully not — The Mandalorian season 2 only has eight episodes and it needs to get going now — but if that does happen, at least one character will be very happy: Baby Yoda, who has somehow sneaked another (precious) Frog egg that he happily gulps down.The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2 “Chapter 10: The Passenger” is now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar wherever available. New episodes release Fridays around 1:30pm IST. Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2.Chapter 10: The Passenger — directed by Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) and written by The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau — has just one new character and was made up of just around five scenes in total. The new character is a Frog Lady — that’s the only name we’re given — who is voiced by animal vocalisation veteran Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and played by Misty Rosas, who is also the performer for the “I have spoken” alien Kuiil.The mechanic Peli Motto (Amy Sedaris) introduces the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) to the Frog Lady, who needs passage to her husband on the estuary moon called Trask in the system of the gas giant Kol Iben. The Frog Lady is carrying a cylinder of eggs that need to be fertilised soon, if she is to keep her family tree alive. Everyone’s favourite “the Child”, or Baby Yoda as he’s better known, is instantly attracted to the transparent cylinder with a bright-blue liquid and the floating eggs, for all the wrong reasons as we will learn.- Advertisement – For Mando, there’s one caveat: he can’t turn on the hyperdrive because it will kill all her spawn. Determined to find other Mandalorians, our titular protagonist agrees. Of course, travelling “sublight” is going to come with its own problems. And it does. The Mando encounters a New Republic patrol of two — one of the pilots is played by Star Wars veteran and The Mandalorian executive producer Dave Filoni — who request him to send a “ping”. He’s naturally hesitant as it will allow them to look into the Razor Crest’s past, which isn’t rosy, as you might remember. In The Mandalorian season 1 episode 6, Mando boarded a New Republic prisoner transport to bust someone out.mandalorian season 2 episode 2 x wing new republic mandalorian season 2 episode 2The Mando is greeted by a New Republic X-wing in The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2Photo Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Mandalorian gave us possibly its most frivolous episode to date with season 2 episode 2 — titled Chapter 10: The Passenger — making the Star Wars series feel like it’s already spinning its wheels. That’s not a good look one episode into a new season. Sure, The Mandalorian has never been one for pushing its plot at a rapid rate, but this is going nowhere at this point. That tease from The Mandalorian season 2 episode 1 “Chapter 9: The Marshal”, featuring Jango Fett actor Temuera Morrison is essentially forgotten. And yes, you could argue that episode 1 didn’t do much for the plot either, but it was thrilling to watch and offered a lot more.The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 1 Recap: Belly of the Beast- Advertisement –last_img read more

The Masters: Jon Rahm makes hole-in-one skipping ball over water | Golf News

first_img– Advertisement – Jon Rahm made an incredible hole-in-one at The Masters by skipping a ball over water during a practice round at Augusta National. – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Jon Rahm made an incredible hole-in-one at The Masters by skipping a ball over water during a practice round at Augusta National. Jon Rahm continued his perfect start to the week at The Masters by making a second hole-in-one in as many days at Augusta National – and his water-skipping effort may be one of the best aces ever!The world No 2 celebrated an ace during a practice round with Rickie Fowler and Brendon Todd on Monday, striking a perfect five-iron from 205 metres at the par-three fourth to just behind the flag and seeing it spin back into the hole.Better was to come 24 hours later, on his 26th birthday, where Rahm was once again alongside Fowler as he took part in the traditional pre-tournament skipping challenge on the par-three 16th hole. – Advertisement – Jon Rahm chasing a maiden major victory at The Masters this week; world No 2 followed a hole-in-one in Monday’s practice round with an incredible ace by skipping his ball over water at Augusta National. By Ali StaffordLast Updated: 10/11/20 7:58pm When’s The Masters on Sky Sports? Ways to watch The Masters live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel. – Advertisement – Players attempt to hit a tee shot so that it skips as many times as possible across on the water and finishes on the putting surface, with Rahm’s effort on another level and making it a birthday to remember.The Spaniard’s tee shot took four hops across the water and kicked towards the back of the putting surface, before perfectly feeding down the slope and racing into the hole off the right edge for an unlikely ace. 2:23 While no patrons were there around the green to celebrate the incredible ace, Fowler, the two caddies and the marshals watching on around the course were still able to cheer and recognise one of the most remarkable holes-in-over ever seen at Augusta National.Click on the video above to see Rahm’s water-skipping ace! Rahm will be part of Thursday’s Featured Group coverage at The Masters as he is grouped alongside pre-tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau and former major champion Louis Oosthuizen. Watch The Masters this week live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday. Rickie Fowler was the first to congratulate Jon Rahm for his extraordinary hole-in-one Rickie Fowler was the first to congratulate Jon Rahm for his extraordinary hole-in-one

Want to flip a state blue? Stacey Abrams drops major key, and she would know

first_imgAbrams’ name trended on Twitter when President-elect Joe Biden inched ahead of President Donald Trump in Georgia, flipping a state that hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since Bill Clinton in 1992. And when Biden went on to be declared the next U.S. president Saturday, a crowd outside of the White House shouted “Stacey Abrams.”Not for nothing. In a state riddled with allegations of vote suppression, Abrams worked with the New Georgia Project nonprofit to register an estimated 800,000 new voters, mostly people of color and young people often overlooked in the state. She formed Fair Fight Action just days after her gubernatorial loss, launched a federal lawsuit seeking an overhaul of Georgia’s voting system, and vehemently fought against Kemp’s heartbeat legislation prohibiting abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. “I live my life with an assumption that I have the right to do the things I think I should do, and that my gender and my race should not be limitations,” Abrams told Cobb.- Advertisement – Abrams and Williams alike are turning their attention to Georgia’s Senate runoffs when Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock could unseat Republican senators and win the party a Senate majority. “We have raised $6 million (!) so far to help jumpstart the Jan 5 Senate runoff elections,” Abrams tweeted Monday.When asked about her confidence in the two runoff elections, Williams said: “We’re breaking norms this cycle.” “We’re going to continue to build upon what Stacey Abrams made possible in the state, and we know that we can win for Democrats,” Williams added.RELATED: The race is far from over—here’s where Georgia Democrats Ossoff and Warnock stand on key issues RELATED: How to win again in Georgia? Listen to the Black leaders who got us to the dance in the first placeThe Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. Sen. Doug Jones, who lost his recent reelection bid to Republican Tommy Tuberville, told Politico Democrats should be using Abrams’ work in Georgia as a model for the entire party. Jones said the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “spend too much time investing in candidates and not the electorate.”“They don’t invest in House districts, they don’t invest in states,” he said.Abrams and the grassroots organizers she works with invested in Georgians. Sen. Nikema Williams, the first Black woman to serve as chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, told MSNBC’s Joy Reid it’s important to show the people their power. She’s slated to fill the congressional seat of the late civil rights leader John Lewis. “People talk about Stacey Abrams. She absolutely deserves the credit, but what Stacey has said time and time again, this is not about one person, one candidate, or one election cycle,” Williams said. “It’s about giving the power back to people who felt unheard and unseen for far too long.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The former Georgia congresswoman and House minority leader told comedian and political commentator Stephen Colbert Monday on The Late Show that she put together a 21-page deck 10 years ago and traveled with it to garner support from Democratic donors. “And my argument was 1. We had a demographic shift that was happening that we had to harness. 2. We had an inchoate message for 21st century Democrats that needed to be refined. We had to know what we stood for,” she said. “And 3. we had to build an infrastructure that didn’t rely on every single election but really sought to win no matter who was on the ticket.”And so we built it from the ground up. We ran state (legislator) races, but we also invested in city council races and (district attorney) races, all the way up to the presidential race.” Abrams said consistency was key to the success of her efforts. “So many groups have been doing this work for a long time, but it’s feast or famine,” she said. “When there’s a candidate who wants to invest, you’ll get the resources, and then you’re just struggling to get by. And we were able to create a bit of sustainability in the infrastructure, which meant we could win again and again and build up to this big victory in November. ”- Advertisement –last_img read more

KEF LS50 Wireless II hi-fi speaker uses Metamaterial Absorption technology » Gadget Flow

first_imgWhen you listen to your music on the KEF LS50 Wireless II hi-fi speaker, you’ll be amazed. That’s because this hi-fi loudspeaker uses Metamaterial Absorption technology, which ensures that all your sound is as pristine as possible. Plus, this wireless high-fidelity speaker has an intuitive, user-friendly design. In fact, as an all-in-one speaker system, it plays music files up to 24 bit/384 kHz, MQA, DSD256, and more. What’s more, this hi-fi speaker boasts high-performance wireless capabilities, so you can play music from any source. Whether you want to stream from AirPlay 2, Chromecast, or Spotify, you can do so. Or you can even use a wired connection to hook the KEF LS50 Wireless II to your television, gaming console, or record player. – Advertisement –last_img

In 2001-02, reduced air travel delayed flu season

first_imgSep 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers reported today that reduced air travel in the wake of the Sep 11, 2001, terrorist attacks delayed and prolonged that year’s influenza season.The study, published this week in the online journal Public Library of Science–Medicine, provides what the authors call the first empirical evidence for an effect of air travel on the spread of flu. As such, the findings may elevate the role of travel restrictions in pandemic planning.Using 9 years of weekly influenza and pneumonia mortality data (1996 to 2005) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston measured the rate of influenza spread across nine regions. Then they used government estimates of air travel volume to assess whether it was related to the timing of yearly flu outbreaks.The researchers found that the national peak date for flu mortality was within 2 days of Feb 17 in the first 5 seasons they examined (1996-97 to 2000-01). But in 2001-02, the peak date was Mar 2, 13 days later than the previous average. In the ensuing 3 seasons, the peak date progressively returned to the Feb 17 baseline.For comparison, the authors analyzed flu and travel data for France, where air travel was not restricted after the terrorist attacks. The investigators found no evidence of a delay in France’s flu season that year.The researchers also reported an overall finding that the seasonal flu spread more slowly when the number of domestic air travelers was low, particularly in November.”Our results suggest that for a nonpandemic year, travel during the Thanksgiving holiday may be central to the yearly national spread of influenza in the United States,” they write.Also, the team found that the flu season peaked later when the number of international air travelers was lower, particularly in September.The authors say their findings suggest that airline passenger volume explains about 60% of the year-to-year variation in the spread of flu across the country. They say other factors remain unknown; they were unable to link the timing of seasonal flu deaths to the weather.The spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza has intensified debate about whether border controls and travel restrictions can slow a pandemic, the article notes. “Our results suggest that limiting domestic airline volume may have a measurable impact on the rate of spread of an influenza pandemic, and particularly on spread across regions,” the investigators write, adding that the benefits would hinge on early detection and immediate intervention.Brownstein JS, Wolfe CJ, Mandl KD. Empirical evidence for the effect of airline travel on inter-regional influenza spread in the United States. PLoS Med 2006Oct;3(10) [Abstract]last_img read more

Ebola outbreak confirmed in Congo

first_img According to the Times report, CDC officials said six or seven villages were affected by the outbreak, and about 120 of 300 affected people died. Most of those who died were between the ages of 18 and 45 and survived only 4 or 5 days after the first symptoms, the story said. Ebola is a highly contagious virus that is lethal in about 50% to 90% of cases. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the CDC. Some patients have both internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. See also: Ebola was first recognized in the DRC (then known as Zaire) in 1976, with an outbreak in Yambuku, Orientale province. Since then, the country has had outbreaks in Kikwit, Bandundu province, in 1995, and in Watsa, Orientale province, in 1999, according to the IRIN report. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevers, including Ebolahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html The WHO had posted an online notice about the Congo outbreak on Aug 31, calling it an unknown illness with high mortality. The statement said more than 50% of the patients were children younger than 10. The outbreak was first recognized on Jun 8 after two village chiefs died, according to the IRIN report. All those who assisted in burying the chiefs died, said Kanow. Kanow said most of the cases were in the Mweka and Luebo districts and that most of the deaths occurred early in the outbreak, according to the AP. The affected area is about 430 miles southeast of Kinshasa, the Congolese capital. Sep 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Five cases of the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever have been confirmed in a 3-month-old disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but another disease may account for some cases in the outbreak, according to news services. “There’s no way we can be sure at this point how many cases are Shigella and how many are Ebola,” Hartl told the AP. Ebola outbreaks occurred in the fall of 2003 and in the spring of 2005 in the DRC’s immediate western neighbor, the Republic of the Congo. The WHO issued an alert today urging more doctors to travel to the country to fight the outbreak, according to the AP. Hartl told the Times that the first WHO teams involved in the effort arrived Sep 9 with protective equipment. Congolese Health Minister Makwenge Kaput said yesterday that tests in Franceville, Gabon, and at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had confirmed the Ebola diagnosis, according to a report from the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN). WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said some patients in the outbreak have reported cholera-like symptoms and responded well to ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic, which would not work against a viral disease like Ebola, according to a New York Times story today. He said those patients may have contracted Shigella (bacterial) infections. Aug 31 WHO statement on Congo outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_08_31a/en/index.html At least 395 cases and 167 deaths have been reported in the outbreak in Kasai Occidental province, provincial health inspector Jean-Constantin Kanow reported in the IRIN story. CDC fact sheet on Ebolahttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/mnpages/dispages/Fact_Sheets/Ebola_Fact_Booklet.pdf The World Health Organization (WHO) said five samples tested positive and tests on 40 more samples were pending, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published today. May 18, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Ebola found in Congo Republic outbreak”last_img read more