The Ebola outbreak affecting the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has accumulated to date at least 579 cases and 352 deaths, according to the latest situation report released by the Ministry of Health of the country.
Among the deceased, 304 are scientifically confirmed cases while the other 48 are non-verifiable contagions and cataloged as "probable".
In the global calculation of cases, 531 are laboratory positive and 48 are probable.
The ministerial report is updated with data until December 24 and also indicates that 201 people have managed to overcome the disease.
The number of vaccinated with experimental treatments, on the other hand, amounts to 52,122.
This is already the most lethal outbreak the DRC has had and the second largest in the world.
Since its commencement on August 1, most of the cases and deaths have been concentrated in the province of North Kivu, but neighboring Ituri has also been affected.
It is an area where more than a hundred armed groups operate and where the resistance and distrust of the local population, already traumatized by violence, has become one of the worst enemies of the outbreak.
The spread of hoaxes and lies means that those affected by Ebola do not attend the treatment centers in time.
In addition, violent attacks by groups such as the Ugandan rebels have increased in recent months and have caused dozens of deaths and thousands of displaced people, and even stopped the vaccination campaign.
The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with blood and contaminated body fluids, causes hemorrhagic fever and can reach a mortality rate of 90% if not treated in time.
The most devastating global outbreak was declared in March 2014, with cases that date back to December 2013 in Guinea Conakri, country from which it expanded to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Almost two years later, in January 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed the end of that epidemic, which caused 11,300 deaths and more than 28,500 infections, figures that, according to this UN agency, could be conservative.