The conflict between militant groups and government forces has made it harder for health workers to access some of the areas most affected.
On Friday night, an armed group attempted to attack United Nations peacekeeping forces in Beni in the province of North Kivu – the epicenter of the epidemic.
Peacekeeping forces have been able to push the attackers back after several hours of conflict, but all activities in the field have been postponed on Saturday in Beni because of violence. The Emergency Operations Center remained closed and the teams had to stay in their hotels.
Earlier this week, at least seven peacekeepers were killed and 10 others were injured in a coordinated military assault on rebel forces, the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo said.
The deadly violence in the province of North Kivu in Congo has hampered efforts to eradicate the Ebola virus, said Olya Kilga Kalenga, Public Health Minister of the country.
Infant among the dead
The outbreak – the second this year – began in the province of North Kivu before it spread to the province of Ituri in the east of the country. This is the tenth time since 1976 when Ebola struck the Congo.
Of all the reported cases, 311 have so far been confirmed as Ebola and 47 are likely. Among the deaths, 166 are confirmed to have been caused by Ebola and 47 are likely, according to the nation's ministry of health.
Among those killed in the outbreak are pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and infants, the World Health Organization said. More than 30 health workers are infected, according to the WHO.
The fear of spreading
The Congo shares a border with nine nations and the United Nations fears that the Ebola epidemic could spread to southern Sudan due to the influx of refugees from the Congo.
Mr Kalenga, Health Minister, posted a video on the Facebook Health Ministry's Facebook page early Saturday asking communities to alert and report any signs of illness.
Community monitoring is at the heart of the new #Ebola strategy, where each resident can protect his family and his neighborhood from the virus, reporting any warnings and suspicious cases to emergency teams. #Beni neighborhoods work next to us in the answer, "he wrote.
Ebola first appeared in 1976 in Sudan and Congo and was named after a river in the last nation. It is one of the most infectious diseases in the world and is transmitted through direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of infected people.
Ebola causes fever, intense headache and in some cases bleeding. It is spread through direct contact with body fluids or objects infected by someone suffering from the disease. In some cases, the virus spreads through contact with someone who has died from the disease.
The virus enters the body through broken skin or mucous membranes in the eyes, nose or mouth. It can also spread through sexual contact.