"The team is working with the national authorities and other worldwide organisations to assess the situation and to ensure that the outbreak is contained".
Nevertheless, the confirmed death and cases is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation. However, those cases were not confirmed through testing.
Another is a woman from Ikoko Impenge, the epicentre of the outbreak some 30km from Bikoro, he said.
'This situation worries us and requires an immediate and energetic response'.
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The health ministry said on Tuesday that at least 17 people had died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, although it did not give a time-frame for the deaths. There are various hemorrhagic fevers - including Ebola.
Serge Ngaleto, the director of Bikoro's main hospital, told Reuters: 'After contact, the nurses began showing signs...we have isolated them'.
But Ikoko Impenge and Bikoro are situated not far from the banks of the Congo River, a major artery for trade and transport upstream from the capital Kinshasa.
The Nigeria football federation (NFF) may cancel the already scheduled worldwide friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo following a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the central African country.
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Ebola occasionally jumps to humans from animals, including bats and monkeys.
The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals (monkeys, bats) and spreads in populations by human-to-human transmission: through direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or body fluids of infected persons or with surfaces or materials contaminated by this type of liquid, the World Health Organization explains.
Correction from The Associated Press: Neither the death nor the new cases have been confirmed as Ebola, according to Congo's health ministry, who say that there are a total of nine new cases, not 11, as previously reported. Without preventive measures, the virus can spread quickly between people and is fatal in up to 90 percent of cases.
"One of the defining features of this epidemic is the fact that three health professionals have been affected", Health Minister Oly Ilunga said in a statement. His mother and 10 others then showed similar symptoms.
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None of the Ebola outbreaks in Congo were connected to the massive outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa that began in 2014 and left more than 11,300 dead.