A woman who recently gave birth in Israel has been diagnosed with flu and COVID-19 simultaneously, a condition which is being dubbed as the ‘flurona,’ media reports said.
The first case was reported in Petah Tikva city, in central Israel, on December 23, a report on Ynet news portal said.
The woman, who was unvaccinated, has shown relatively mild symptoms of the disease and Health experts are studying the combination of infection to determine if it could cause serious illness.
According to experts, ‘flurona’ is not a new variant, but a case of double infection of the coronavirus and the influenza virus.
The presence of both viruses could result in full range of severe symptoms including pneumonia, respiratory complications and myocarditis, which could lead to death if left untreated.
Israeli health officials have warned of a “twindemic” that could lead to patients swarming the hospitals with flu and COVID-19.
To prevent the spread of germs, it is better to avoid close contact, maintain social distancing, stay at home when sick, wash your hands, practise good health habits and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Last week, Israel’s health ministry had said 1,849 Israelis had been hospitalised with the flu as on December 29, including 605 children and 124 pregnant women and new mothers.