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11 new polio cases found in Indonesia JAKARTA - Eleven new cases of polio have been found in Indonesia, putting the total number of the crippling disease to 122, the Indonesian branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Spokesperson Sari Setiogi told Xinhua by telephone that the new cases were found among the blood samples taken from children who had not got immunization.

"Eleven new cases were found today, bringing the total to 122 cases," she said. But she gave no details on where the samples were taken. The Indonesian government has been launching a massive polio vaccination in recent days, targeting 6.4 million children in provinces of West Java, Banten and Jakarta.

The spokesman said that the number of infected children in Indonesia could rise as more blood samples were tested for children whom had never got vaccination. The government once declared free of the disease in 1995, but it re-emerged in May in Indonesia. The first case was spotted in West Java province's Sukabumi Regency, about 100 km from Jakarta.

The virus of the disease in Indonesia is reported to similar with those found in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Indonesian health ministry said that the virus may have been transferred by migrant workers or Haj pilgrims who visited Saudi Arabia before returning to Indonesia.


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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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