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India removed from WHO polio list

India has marked a major success in its battle against polio by being removed from the World Health Organisation's list of countries plagued by the crippling disease.

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the WHO removed India from the list after the country passed one year without registering any new cases.

The milestone is a major victory in the global effort to eradicate polio and leaves only three countries with endemic polio - Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.

India must go another two years without new cases to be declared polio-free.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised some 230,000 volunteers who travelled across India to vaccinate children and said India's success against polio "shows that teamwork pays".

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