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India marks milestone in fight against polio

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A health worker administers a polio drop to a newborn baby at Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 13, 2012. India is marking a full year since its last reported case of polio on Friday. The milestone is seen as a major victory in the global effort to eradicate the crippling disease.

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A polio patient wipes himself after a bath at a government home for the disabled in Hyderabad, India on Jan. 12, 2012.

The Associated Press reports from NEW DELHI:

India on Friday marked one year since its last case of polio, a milestone seen as a major victory in the global effort to eradicate the crippling disease.

If no previously undisclosed cases are uncovered in the coming weeks, India will be removed from the list of endemic countries, leaving only Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Read the full story.