May 15, (Xinhua/GNA) - Some 1,705 probable and confirmed cases of Ebola have
been recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the outbreak
was declared in August last year, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.
deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said that 1,122
people have died since then, comprising two-thirds of reported cases. According
to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), only half of
the 148 million U.S. dollars requested for the Ebola response through July has
been funded, Haq said.
Humanitarian Response Plan for the DRC is critically underfunded, with only 12
percent of the 1.65 billion dollars covered, seriously undermining the
response, he added.
According to a
recent report from Assessment Capacities Project, attacks and clashes between
armed groups and Congolese security forces since May triggered the displacement
of more than 12,000 people in Nord Kivu and Ituri provinces in eastern DRC.
Ebola-affected territories could facilitate the spreading of the disease, the
resorting to informal crossings to Uganda, without screening, increase the risk
of Ebola spreading to neighboring countries."
The Ebola virus
is highly contagious and causes a range of symptoms including fever, vomiting,
diarrhea, generalized pain or malaise and in many cases internal and external