Indonesia's Health Ministry says a woman from Bali has died of bird flu - the second confirmed death from the virus on the Indonesian resort island.

Authorities say the woman died Tuesday and had been in contact with poultry before becoming ill.

If confirmed by the World Health Organization it would bring to 84 the number of people in Indonesia who have died from the disease.

Nearly 200 people worldwide, mostly in Asia, have died from bird flu since 2003.

The dangerous H5N1 strain of the virus is mainly transmitted by contact with infected animals, but experts fear it could mutate into a form that is easily passed between people.

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