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Influenza A virus subtype H7N7
H7N7 is a subtype of the species Influenza A virus (sometimes called bird flu virus). Highly pathogenic strains (HPAI) and low pathogenic strains (LPAI) exist. H7N7 can infect humans, birds, pigs, seals, and horses in the wild; and has infected mice in laboratory studies. This unusual zoonotic potential represents a pandemic threat.
Additional recommended knowledge
In 2003 in the Netherlands 89 people were confirmed to have the H7N7 influenza virus infection following an outbreak in poultry on several farms. One death was recorded.  Antibodies were found in over half of 500 persons tested according to the final official report by the Dutch government:
In August 2006, low pathogenic H7N7 was found during routine testing at a poultry farm in Voorthuizen in the central Netherlands. As a precautionary measure, 25,000 chickens were culled from Voorthuizen and surrounding farms.
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