The Beijing municipal government is prepared to ban all slaughtering of poultry at markets as part of its initiatives to prevent a bird flu outbreak in the capital. The eight-point strategy, outlined by Deputy Mayor Niu Youcheng at a weekend meeting, also includes stepping up security at airports, train stations and border crossings to prevent birds from infected areas being transported to the capital. The municipal government has sent surveillance teams to ensure all domestic fowl and carrier pigeons being raised as pets within the capital are vaccinated against bird flu or being kept in isolation. Already, 98 per cent of poultry raised on Beijing farms had been vaccinated, and city agricultural officials hoped that figure would reach 100 per cent soon, the Beijing Youth Daily reported. Almost 60 surveillance stations, equipped with advanced telescopes, have been set up around the city's key waterways to keep a close watch on migratory birds. The telescopes are monitoring 14 basins, such as the Minyun, Guanting and Huairong reservoirs, and parks and scenic spots with large waterways, such as the Yanqing wild duck lake and Yuyuanting park. Unusual incidents will be reported to the quarantine administration. With the disease rapidly spreading west from Asia to Europe, the mainland announced on Wednesday its first outbreak in more than two months. More than 2,600 chickens and ducks were killed by the H5N1 strain on a farm near Hohhot , Inner Mongolia , prompting the slaughter of a further 91,000 birds. Despite the scare, it was business as usual at Beijing's poultry markets. One wholesaler surnamed Zhang at the Dongjiao Market, near the eastern Central Business District, said trade had not been affected. 'Our poultry passes all the quarantine measures, and the market's management regularly gives us disinfectant,' Mr Zhang said, adding he sold about 200 chickens, ducks and doves per day. 'We haven't received any instructions from management about possible controls ... Bird flu? I think it's just a rumour.' Bird fanciers, especially carrier pigeon fans, have also not been affected yet. Liu Qiang, 55, has more than 100 pigeons in the Fengtai district. 'I'm worried that if they tighten controls, I won't be able to send my birds to other cities for competitions.' He said he was keeping them caged as a precaution.