Vietnam records second bird flu death this year

According to health officials, a woman in southern Vietnam has died as the result of contracting the bird flu, which represents the country's second human death from the virus in less than a month.

China, Indonesia and Cambodia have also reported deaths from the H5N1 virus this year. Vietnam has killed thousands of birds in areas affected by the disease in an attempt to contain outbreaks of the bird flu, AFP reports.

The woman was from the Soc Trang province in the Mekong delta and died on Tuesday. Doctors with the Hanoi-based Preventive Healthcare Department tested the victim after she died to confirm that she had contracted the H5N1 virus.

"The victim culled and ate sick chicken," the department said, according to AFP. "There had also been sick and dead poultry around her residence."

A duck farmer from the southern Mekong delta province of Hau Giang died on January 11 from bird flu, which was the country's first death from the disease since April 2010. The country has one of the highest numbers of fatalities from bird flu in southeast Asia since 2003 with at least 59 deaths.

The bird flu virus has killed more than 330 people throughout the world. Scientists are concerned that it could mutate into a form that transmits readily between humans, putting millions at risk.