Shenzhen has confirmed its first H7N9 human case, nearly three weeks after Hong Kong's first two victims who are believed to have been infected there.
A 38-year-old man from Longgang district was in critical condition last night at Shenzhen Third People's Hospital.
He lives at Nanling village in Longgang, not far from where the H7N9 bird flu virus was found in two wet markets on December 11.
A source said he worked at a factory and visited live poultry markets.
He was hospitalized on December 12 and transferred to Shenzhen Third People's Hospital with severe pneumonia.
He was confirmed to have H7N9 on Tuesday .
Nearly 140 people who had close contact with the victim are believed to have shown no symptoms.
Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention said it expects more cases to be reported, but believes the chance of an outbreak in the community is low. QI LUO