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Vietnam reports 2nd bird flu death in a month

Vietnam has confirmed its second human death from bird flu in nearly a month, after going nearly two years with no reported fatalities.

The director of the Health Department in southern Soc Trang province said Thursday that test results confirm that a 26-year-old woman died of the disease Jan. 28 after being hospitalized in the provincial hospital three days earlier.

Truong Hoai Phong says the woman, who recently had a baby in another hospital, had slaughtered and eaten dead chickens the family raised. He says dead and sick poultry were reported in the woman's neighborhood.

Phong says the woman's house has been disinfected and samples from poultry and people who were in contact with the woman were being tested.