Indonesia

Indonesia fights "extraordinary" diphtheria outbreak that has killed 32

JAKARTA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunisation 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".

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