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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Mar. 4) - Officials in Indonesia say a dengue fever outbreak has killed 372 people across the country so far this year and is putting a severe strain on hospitals in the capital, Jakarta.

The latest death toll comes from Indonesia's Health Ministry, which has reported 24,254 infections since January 1.

Jakarta and other parts of the island of Java have been badly affected by the mosquito-borne disease.

Health officials say more than 3,500 dengue patients are being treated in Jakarta hospitals and only 173 hospital beds are still available across the city.

Health officials have said the outbreak is expected to peak this month or in April.

March 5, 2004

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