Israel has recorded the first case of a rare mix of two illnesses, influenza and coronavirus, dubbed “flurona”.
Local reports said the patient was a young pregnant woman, who was in the hospital, although her symptoms were mild.
“He was diagnosed with the flu and the coronavirus as soon as he arrived,” said Arnon Vizhnitser, director of the gynecology department at Beilinson Hospital in the city of Petah Tikva.
“Both tests came back positive, even after we checked again,” he told the local newspaper. Hamodia.
“The disease is the same disease: they are viral and cause breathing difficulties because both attack the upper respiratory tract,” added Professor Vizhnitser.
Israel’s health ministry said it was studying the case to determine whether the combination of the two infections can cause more serious illness.
The woman is expected to be released from Thursday.
Despite being the first documented case to be diagnosed with both diseases simultaneously, doctors believe there are more cases in the country.
“We are seeing more and more pregnant women with the flu. It is certainly a great challenge for a woman who arrives with a fever in childbirth, ”said Prof Vizhnitser.
“It’s mostly when you don’t know if it’s the coronavirus or the flu, then you refer to them the same way. Most illnesses are respiratory.
Israel on Friday began administering the fourth vaccine to people with weakened immune systems to curb the spread of the Omicron variant, The time of Israel reported.
The country lifted outdoor mask mandates in April, making them mandatory only for large gatherings, and cases have steadily increased.
Data from the Ministry of Health showed 5,000 cases had been recorded on Friday. There have been 1,376,256 infections and 8,243 coronavirus-related deaths reported in Israel since the start of the pandemic.
The head of the military coronavirus task force on Thursday warned that the healthcare system would “collapse” as Omicron spreads, according to Haaretz.