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Indonesia confirms new polio cases JAKARTA - A second case of polio has been confirmed in Indonesia following the detection of a strain of the crippling virus believed to have originated from Africa, health authorities said today. An 18-month-old boy and a 20-month-old girl are now known to have contracted the disease in the same district of Java island, said Umar Fahmi Achmadi, the health ministry's head of communicable diseases.

The cases, the first in Indonesia since since it eradicated polio almost a decade ago, are believed to have entered the country via Saudi Arabia either with migrant workers or Muslim pilgrims visiting the holy city of Mecca. "I have just received the confirmation this morning that there is a second case of polio detected," Achmadi said. Indonesian authorities have launched an immunisation drive targeting up to five million children - who are most vulnerable to polio - to prevent it spreading in the densely populated area of Sukabumi in western Java.

"The only way is to strengthen our own defence against the disease, and that can be reached through immunisation," Achmadi said. He said there were six suspected cases of polio in Sukabumi, but only two had been confirmed. Analysis of the virus strain showed it originated in Africa, he said. "The globalisation process has resulted in a lot of movement of people between one place to another, and some are carrying contagious diseases," he said.


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34 new polio cases in Indonesia for total of 100


The World Health Organization on Tuesday reported 34 new polio cases in Indonesia, bringing the country's known total to 100. One of the new cases was confirmed on Sumatra, which until last week was polio-free.


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Polio vaccination drive largely successful


Indonesia's nationwide drive last week to vaccinate about 24 million young children against a spreading polio outbreak was largely successful though some parents continued to resist, health officials said Monday.


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