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WHO: Indonesia's polio cases rise to 25 JAKARTA - Indonesia has reported five new cases of polio, all found in districts different from where the crippling disease was first re-discovered, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday. It said the additional cases brought to 25 the number of confirmed cases in Indonesia, which has been taking steps to fight its first polio outbreak in a decade.


WHO, which is aiming to halt the spread of polio worldwide in 2005, had said on Monday a slight increase in the Indonesian total had been expected because authorities had been investigating a number of suspected cases since the first new one was reported in early May. But the agency did not anticipate that the number would rise significantly, it has said.

The U.N. agency has battled a series of setbacks to its global campaign since Nigeria's northern state of Kano banned immunisation out of fear it could cause sterility or spread HIV/AIDS. Vaccination resumed after a 10-month ban. Indonesia is one of a number of countries where polio has re-emerged after being imported from West Africa. Saudi Arabia and Yemen have also suffered outbreaks.

Indonesia's vaccination campaign covered children across the provinces of West Java and Banten, as well as Jakarta. Sukabumi lies 100 km (62 miles) south of the capital. The viral disease of the brain and spinal cord mainly affects children under five. Some cases are fatal. Indonesian health officials have said the virus may have been carried by a migrant worker or a Haj pilgrim who visited Saudi Arabia before returning to Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.


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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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