Barbers wearing protective masks in a saloon shop following swine flu scare
epa01821499 Indian barbers wear protective masks as they work at a shop in Bhopal, India, 12 August 2009.Though not a single case of swine flu has been reported in the state of Maharashtra so far, the government has announced health and medical education departments will now jointly work towards checking the disease. It has cancelled leaves of doctors working in health, medical education and gas relief departments .It was also decided that samples of suspected swine flu patients be sent to Pune and New Delhi for testing, and the authorities concerned have been directed to send samples to the designated laboratories within 48 hours of collection. A 50-year-old woman died of swine this afternoon, the ninth victim of the contagious virus in this Maharashtra city and the 16th in India. EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA
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