Two new human cases of H7N9 virus infections were reported in Foshan City in Guangdong, according to a statement from the provincial disease control and prevention center.
One patient is a 28-year-old woman surnamed Pu, who sells poultry. She lives in Lishui Township, Nanhai District of Foshan.
Pu fell ill on January 6 and was take to hospital on January 12. She is in stable condition, the statement said.
The other patient is a 46-year-old driver surnamed Ou, who lives in Shishan Town of Nanhai district. He breeds poultry at home.
He fell sick on January 6 and was taken to hospital on January 9. He is in critical condition, it said.
The Nanhai district government decided to close all poultry markets in the district on Monday and Tuesday.
So far, Guangdong has confirmed 16 human H7N9 cases since August last year. One of the patients, surnamed He, died last week.
Mr. Ou is evidently the "European" who popped up in the Google-translated report yesterday.