A baby cries during diphtheria immunisation at a clinic in Cibinong, Bogor, West Java, south of Jakarta, Indonesia December 5, 2017. (Antara Foto/Yulius Satria Wijaya/ via REUTERS)
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Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world's fourth most populous country this year.The health ministry said at least 591 cases had been reported since January, a 42 percent increase from last year, and called the outbreak an "extraordinary event". Indonesia has among the world's highest rates of diphtheria -- along with India and sub-Saharan African countries -- even though vaccinations have helped minimize global cases over the past 30 years.
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