The swine flu epidemic in India has claimed the lives of 36 more people, taking the total death toll in the country to 1,041. The total number of people affected by the H1N1 virus also stands at 19,000 now.
The worst-hit states so far have been Rajasthan and Gujarat, with 234 and 231 deaths, respectively.
The Skymet Meteorology Division in India has revealed that unusual weather conditions prevailing across the country have aggravated the situation and with the rainy days expected ahead, there is a possibility of steep rise in the numbers.
In order to curtail spread of the deadly influenza virus, it is very necessary for temperatures to rise, and humidity levels to drop, which is not expected to happen anytime soon.
Swine flu is caused by H1N1 virus and symptoms include high fever, headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and internal and external bleeding.