Health departments in the provincial capital Xining and prefectures around the province had been mobilized to prevent the spread of the disease, Xinhua quoted Ai Keyuan, an official with the provincial health bureau, as saying.
Local departments were being told how to dispose of bird droppings and hospitals in the affected county had opened separate departments for screening patients with fever and to observe people who had close contact with the birds.
"All hospitals have been told to set up a task force and put aside medication and facilities for the treatment of any avian flu cases that might be detected," Ai said.
The massive die off of birds as well as over 200 human cases including 121 deaths has sounded alarm bells. China has denied the human deaths but there has been no independent investigation of any of the infections. The recent reports and photos clearly raise important issues which will not be resolved without third party inspections. Until then, the widespread speculation on the significance of the alarming reports will continue.