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Israel reports first case of rare double infection of COVID-19, flu called ‘flurona’

A newly documented threat dubbed “Flurona,” is the simultaneous infection of the coronavirus and influenza, and Israeli health officials have documented the world’s first verified case, reports say.

According to The Daily Beast, the new threat presented in a young unvaccinated pregnant woman, who was unaware she had either disease, upon going into labor last week.

Upon entering the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel, the woman was tested but was said to have relatively mild symptoms.

“She was diagnosed with the flu and coronavirus as soon as she arrived,” said Arnon Vizhnitser, director of the hospital’s Gynecology Department, Hamodia reported.

“Both tests came back positive, even after we checked again,” he said, adding that “the disease is the same disease. They’re viral and cause difficulty breathing since both attack the upper respiratory tract.”

The woman was released from the hospital Thursday and was said to be in good condition, the Times of Israel reported. The Israeli Health Ministry was studying her case to see whether a combination of the two bugs can causes more severe illness amid a worrying rise in flu cases.

“Last year, we did not witness flu cases among pregnant or birthing women,” Vizhnitser said, according to Hamodia. “Today, we are seeing cases of both coronavirus and the flu that are starting to rear their head.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday announced that Israel would offer a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people over age 60 and health care workers.

Flu cases are steadily increasing across the U.S. with 4,514 new cases on the week commencing December 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and that raises the risk that flurona can happen here, says Thomas Russo, M.D., professor and chief of infectious disease at the University at Buffalo in New York.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: SUNDAY WORLD

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