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Indonesia to Hold 3rd Round of Polio Vaccinations


Indonesia says it will carry out a third nationwide polio vaccination drive in November to curb the spread of the crippling virus in children.

Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said Tuesday the next round of free vaccinations will be held November 27.

She said about 97 percent of children under five years of age were immunized during two earlier drives.

Indonesia is battling its first polio outbreak in a decade. About 264 children have been diagnosed with the waterborne virus since it was detected in March.

Officials today said a child in tsunami-devastated Aceh province, where thousands remain in refugee camps, is among the latest to develop polio.

Health experts are concerned that the polio virus could spread from Indonesia to other parts of Southeast Asia.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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