Indian capital hit with swine flu as weather changes

India's capital city of Delhi is expecting a rise in the number of H1N1 swine flu cases as a result of changing temperatures.

There have been a total of 457 new cases confirmed in Delhi in recent weeks. The increase in the number of cases has led to an interest in possible mass swine flu vaccination, but no call has been issued. Experts, however, said that healthcare staff should consider being vaccinated and should be the first group target for any mass vaccination, according to

"The dip in temperature because of the rains is conducive for breeding," Dr. Navneet Kaur, a specialist in internal medicine for Nova Specialty Surgery, said, reports. "Pregnant women, the elderly, children and those suffering from respiratory problems need to be cautious."

The Indian government has begun preparations by monitoring the ability of area hospitals to combat the virus.

"Government and recognized private hospitals are providing the best possible treatment," Dr. Charan Singh, a state surveillance officer for swine flu, said, reports. "People should visit the doctor at the earliest if any symptom appears."

Rajasthan remains the Indian state worst hit by swine flu. The illness has claimed 111 lives and 828 people have tested positive since April. Five hundred cases have been confirmed in the last 48 days, leaving the state's department of medical and health in a quandary about its next move.