Officials yet to be given instructions to curb outbreak Officials in provinces neighbouring Anhui , the site of one of China's two latest bird flu outbreaks, yesterday seemed ignorant of the disease's emergence. Although cross-province anti-flu measures are supposed to be activated in the event of such an outbreak, they said they had yet to be informed. 'We haven't received any related news. We will act in line with the notice from the Ministry of Agriculture,' said an official at the veterinary bureau in Jiangsu province , which borders Anhui. He maintained the province had implemented steps to tackle bird flu following outbreaks across the country last year. 'If such an outbreak occurs in a neighbouring province, we will take standard measures set by the central government, such as enforcing vaccinations among poultry and controlling imports from infected areas,' he said. A spokesman for the Shanghai government was also unaware of the Anhui outbreak. 'Shanghai has recently taken several measures to prevent bird flu from spreading,' he said. 'If Anhui province is infected, we will strengthen the quarantine on poultry products imported from there.' More than 40,000 birds have been culled in Anhui since the outbreak, which was reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health on Monday. Shanghai had already sent sniffer dogs to its airports to detect poultry products in luggage. As part of general measures, the city would require daily reports from monitoring stations for bird flu, including 14 specifically aimed at wild and migrating birds, local media said yesterday. Local authorities across the country have also stepped up safeguards against bird flu. The Guangdong Health Department has stockpiled more than 10,000 boxes of antiviral drugs, while chicken farms and wet markets are regularly checked and monitoring centres have been set up in wild bird habitats. The Shenzhen city government held an emergency meeting yesterday attended by vice-mayor Liang Daoxing and directors from 27 government departments. Mr Liang announced Shenzhen would immediately raise its level of caution and strengthen controls at poultry farms and markets. He said all poultry farms in Shenzhen would be inspected and vaccinated against bird flu. The city so far had vaccinated more than 23 million birds. 'The officers come to check the birds everyday - sometimes several times a day. They take blood samples from chickens, geese and ducks,' a poultry vendor at Shenzhen's Xili market said. In Guangzhou, health officers have asked all poultry farms to vaccinate their birds. In Fujian , officials have cleaned factories and restaurants. Taiwan has ordered mainland visitors to monitor their health after arriving on the island in an effort to stem the risk of bird flu. Beginning today, anyone coming from the mainland is required to record temperature checks in the morning and at night for 10 days, said Hou Sheng-mou, director-general of the Health Department. 'This measure includes those entering Taiwan through Hong Kong and Macau as well as Quemoy and Matsu,' he said.