The number of new cases per day has more than doubled since September, partly because worsening security is hampering the response, said the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
Officials say most of the new cases have been in Beni, where experts had to suspend Ebola containment efforts for days after a deadly rebel attack. With multiple armed groups active in the region, health officials have said they are effectively operating in a war zone.
Although the United Nations health agency said experts this week were monitoring more than 2,100 contacts of Ebola cases in Beni, the outbreak's epicenter, it said it had lost track of another 40.
To date, 19 healthcare workers have been infected during this outbreak, and 3 have died.In its latest situation report on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday that all healthcare personnel infections have occurred from exposure outside the healthcare setting.
According to the Congolese Health Ministry, the newest Ebola cases were reported this week along the border with Uganda. The spread of the virus to "red zones", where the threat of armed groups makes health efforts nearly impossible, is a major concern. Though the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu province began on Aug 1 in Mblanka, activity has now moved to Beni as health workers fight a second wave of cases connected to people who refused vaccination or dodged case contact follow-up.Three cases tied to 1 clinicThree of the new cases involve children all seen at the same clinic in Butanuka district, Beni.