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Indonesia Reports Human Bird Flu Death

Indonesia's Health Ministry says a 17-year-old woman has died of bird flu.

Authorities say the woman died Tuesday in Tangerang, west of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. She is the 83rd Indonesian to have died of the virus.

Earlier this week, a 29-year-old woman living on the island of Bali died of the disease, becoming the resort island's first known human fatality from the often-deadly H5N1 strain of the virus.

More than 190 people worldwide have died from bird flu since the outbreak began in 2003, mostly in Asian nations. The virus is mainly passed to humans through contact with infected animals, but experts fear the virus could mutate into a form that is easily transmissible by human-to-human contact.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.