The Democratic Republic of Congo's Minister of Health described the Ebola outbreak as a multi-headed dragon as the outbreak began in one place, but keeps popping up elsewhere.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo one of the most complex emergencies that WHO has ever faced.
The Ebola outbreak death count is undercounted according to aid workers as healthcare workers are regularly turned away from homes where someone has died, leaving them unable to test for Ebola.
The World Health Organization (WHO) anticipates that Ebola case numbers will continue to rise due to the inability to reach all hotspot areas and the persistent pockets of community resistance.
Since the current outbreak began in October, more than 1,000 people have died - the second largest death toll in the history of human Ebola infection. Over the past month, Ebola has spread faster and farther in the northeast provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo ministry of health recorded 19 new cases of Ebola and 15 new deaths Wednesday, May 15.
The international community has long dealt with delivering humanitarian assistance in conflict situations, but not with infectious disease in a conflict zone.
Declaring a public health emergency of international concern would bring increased funds and more responders but might increase the danger as some violence directed at healthcare facilities and workers has been motivated by money.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) outbreak total as Monday, May 13, is 1,705 cases, including 1,124 deaths, 251 suspected cases still under investigation.
Since February, attacks on healthcare workers and facilities have become more brazen, leading foreign medical workers to float ideas that would have once been unthinkable.