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Polio outbreak worsens with 11 new cases GENEVA - Indonesian authorities have reported 11 new cases of polio after a house-to-house search for paralysed children, pushing the total in the two-month outbreak to 111, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday. The newest cases all occurred in the province of Banten on the island of Java, the epicentre of the outbreak, said WHO polio spokesman Oliver Rosenbauer, and indicate that disease may have hit harder than authorities thought previously.

"The virus has spread," Rosenbauer said. "What really needs to happen is that the immunisation response needs to be intensified further." Polio, which can cause irreversible paralysis in hours, reemerged in May in Indonesia, which was polio-free since 1995. The WHO warned the outbreak may continue to spread and that circulation of the wild polio virus could be occurring in additional provinces.

Particularly alarming is that the virus has now spread beyond Java and has hit the neighbouring island of Sumatra, Rosenbauer said. "It's a very large outbreak," he said. "It's very serious in Sumatra because the virus has spread, it has jumped to another island." A fresh round of immunisation was carried out last week, targeting 6.4 million Indonesian children under the age of five in West Java, Banten and Jakarta provinces.


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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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