>> The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has already killed more than 200 people could stretch well into next year. That's the latest warning from a senior World Health Organization official.>> It's very hard to predict time frames and an outbreak is complicated as there's so many variables that are outside our control.
But certainly we're planning on at least another six months before we could declare this outbreak over.>> The northeastern North Kivu province has seen 333 confirmed and probable cases of the deadly virus. Making it the worst outbreak in Congo's history. Its location is said to be the most difficult the WHO has ever encountered.
That's down to a dense and very mobile local population, alongside insecurity caused by two armed groups. But more worrying is the fact that the Ebola virus is being spread by transmission in actual health centers in the main town of Benni.>> So there are several hundred, what they call tradi-modern or traditional modern health facilities in Benni.
They haven't ever been mapped, they're not regulated by the Ministry of Health. They're private facilities that are really business ventures, and those facilities are, we believe one of the major drivers of the ongoing transmission. Probably more than 50% of cases in Benni have been driven from these tradi-modern healthcare facilities and the fact that hygiene and injections practices in these areas are relatively unsafe.
>> Studies of the outbreak in October revealed many of the victims were children being treated from malaria in the tradi-modern health centers.