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West Java Polio Cases Increase to 14

Despite New Confirmed Cases, Disease Not Seen as Threat to Tourist Visitors to Bali.

(5/29/2005) Increasing from an initial 4 confirmed cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) reported on May 5, 2005, the government has now confirmed additional cases, bringing the total to 14 children now infected by the wild polio virus isolate.

Indonesia has remained free of Polio since 1995, prior to the most recent outbreak of the disease traced by epidemiologist to Middle East and West Africa sources.

All of the new cases confirmed have been geographically limited to areas of West Java.

A massive polio immunization program costing US$4 million will be undertaken between May 31 and June 2, 2005, to protect children in West Java, Banten and Jakarta and halt any further spread of the disease.

 

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