An Afghan health worker administers a polio vaccination to a child during the last day of a vaccination campaign in Kabul on February 11, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/WAKIL KOHSAR)
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A young girl from Kabul has been diagnosed with polio, the first case linked to Afghanistan's capital since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, according to officials.Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only countries in the world where polio remains endemic, though cases have declined significantly in Afghanistan in recent years.Still, the vast majority of cases in Afghanistan can be traced back to Pakistan, health officials say.Pakistan's branch of the Taliban opposes vaccination against polio and considers such campaigns a cover for spying.In January, the country of 1.2 billion people marked three years without a new case of the crippling virus, which means it will soon be certified as having wiped out the scourge.
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