The Health Secretariat said Tuesday that 542 Ebola cases had been registered in the province of North Kivu – 494 of which were confirmed. Of the 319 believers who have died from the virus so far, 271 have been confirmed.
On average, Ebola – which causes fever, causes severe headache and sometimes bleeding – about half of the infected, but mortality in individual outbreaks has varied.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the efforts to contain the outbreak have been hampered by “non-involvement” from local communities and armed conflict in the region.
Nordkivu, which includes the cities of Beni, Kalunguta and Mabalako, remains the epicenter of the outbreak, although cases have been reported in neighboring Ituri Province, according to the WHO. The two provinces are among the most populated in the nation and border of Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.
The Public Health Agency estimates that more than a million refugees and internally displaced persons travel through and beyond northern Kivu and Ituri, which could speed up the spread of the virus.
The Congo outbreak is the second most deadly ever behind only in West Africa in 201
4 when the virus killed more than 11,000 people. It is Congo’s 10th epidemic since 1976 and others this year.