A Dongguan man is now in critical condition after he was diagnosed with the H7N9 bird flu virus, Guangdong authorities announced yesterday. The diagnosis comes days after two separate cases were confirmed in Hong Kong, both of the affected people having come into contact with wet markets in Shenzhen.
Guangzhou Medical University’s First Affiliated Hospital staff are currently treating the 39-year-old Fenggang town resident, Xinhua reported. Last month, a three-year-old boy in Dongguan had been confirmed as having the virus as well.
Earlier this week, samples from two Shenzhen wet markets tested positive for the deadly virus after two infected people in Hong Kong had reported coming into contact with them.
Experts warned that the risk of bird flu spreading in the province was high, according to an SCMP report, but the wet markets in Shenzhen didn’t close down immediately after being tested.
“They came to collect samples but we heard nothing about the test results and trade continued all day long today,” one market trader said.
Around that time, university of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung predicted that the virus was already spreading in Guangdong and surrounding areas.