As if the fear of water-borne infections is not enough, bird flu alert has been sounded in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. People have been warned not to buy and accept birds.
Migratory birds are believed to be the carriers of Bird flu, it said adding, the Wildlife Department is working to ascertain the facts.
"Though not confirmed in India and also in Jammu and Kashmir, the WHO has asked us to exercise caution," the state Wildlife Protection Department said in a statement.
All the people living in close proximity to water bodies have been cautioned to avoid leaving their ducks in wetlands and use the water that may be polluted with diseased or dead infected wild birds.
People have also been warned to ensure that birds are not killed in wetlands, water bodies or anywhere in inundated paddy fields, local village ponds or in water logged areas. People have also been requested to avoid illegal trade of any nature of such birds.