The world's first known case of 'Flurona' has been discovered
A 'twindemic,' according to health officials, is imminent
In Israel, a young pregnant woman was diagnosed with both the flu and the coronavirus at the same time, a condition known as "Flurona." The infection, which occurs amid a flu outbreak, is being investigated to see if the two together can produce a more serious sickness.
The woman had just minor symptoms when she arrived. She was admitted to the Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva, according to the local newspaper Hamodia. Professor Arnon Vizhnitser, director of the hospital's gynaecology department, told the newspaper that she tested positive for both viruses, which was later verified after being double-checked.
Israel's health ministry announced on Wednesday that there had been an increase in flu cases, with 1,849 Israelis admitted to hospitals, including 605 children and 124 pregnant women and new moms. The ministry urged Israelis to obtain flu shots, stressing that anyone over the age of six months was eligible, and that those who were also eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination could have both at the same time.
"The flu virus can cause serious illness, such as pneumonia, other respiratory complications, myocarditis and even death," a Health Ministry statement said.
Health experts worried of a "twindemic," in which hospitals might be swamped by flu and COVID-19 outbreaks at the same time.
After the development of the Omicron form, Israel, one of the world's most immunised countries, has seen a rebound of COVID-19 cases.