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The fatality rate from the virus is relatively low, though scientists worry it could eventually mutate into a more deadly strain, he said.
Yet the flu has garnered far more attention than India's raft of other health problems, including tuberculosis, which kills nearly 1,000 Indians every day, according to World Health Organization figures.
In Pune, more than 11,000 people lined up to be tested for the swine flu virus Thursday and 73 tested positive, Mahesh Zagade, a city official, told reporters.
"I think we are suffering a psychological disorder. We keep asking each other if we feel sick, cold, have a body ache, fever or breathlessness," said a 25-year-old man waiting to be tested in Pune who identified himself as Aditya. "I called up my doctor this morning and told him that I felt like I was suffocating."
The entire staff at one pharmacy donned gloves and masks after hearing a pharmacist was among those killed by the virus.
"We were planning to shut down, but we know we can't do that because people here need medicine," said Anand Agarwal, the 42-year-old pharmacist.
According to the World Health Organization, there were 177,457 cases of swine flu and 1,462 deaths across the world as of August 12.
After more than a week of feverish coverage of India's outbreak, some news organizations are now counseling calm.
"Stop the panic," urged the Hindustan Times.
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