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It sounds more like science fiction the more it is listened to: the first case of Flurona, a new and rare double infection of coronavirus and influenza, was discovered in an unvaccinated pregnant Israeli girl, according to doctors at Beilinson Hospital in the city of Petach. Tikva out of the country.
Israel is seeing an increase in Omicron, with more than 9,000 cases registered yesterday, and while there are no confirmed cases in the UK and the patient is experiencing mild symptoms, her two positive results have raised concerns about the possibility of a new double infection. How common is it? Could the falls in the UK? Could two infections cause a more serious illness?
From the symptoms to watch out for to the likelihood of them spreading, here’s what we’ve known about Flurona so far.
How did flurone come about?
As the name suggests, flurone describes a rare double infection of both coronavirus and influenza. The term has emerged in recent days after the discovery of a patient in Israel who tested positive for both diseases when she was admitted to hospital on Thursday, the first case recorded in the world.
The young woman is pregnant and is reported to have only mild symptoms, but health officials quickly began to study her case to determine if the combination causes an increased severity of the disease.
“He was diagnosed with flu and coronavirus as soon as he arrived,” Professor Arnon Vizhnitser, director of the hospitals’ Gynecology Department, told the Jewish newspaper Hamodia.
“Both tests came back positive, even after we double-checked. The disease is the same disease. They are viral and cause shortness of breath as they both attack the upper respiratory tract. “
According to the latest reports, the patient is expected to be discharged on Thursday.
It is difficult for scientists to identify an exact set of symptoms, but the most common effects of fluron are likely to be a combination of those of Covid and influenza.
The Israeli patient reportedly showed difficulty breathing and since Omicron already exhibits many of the same symptoms as the flu or a cold, the main effects are likely to include high fever, fatigue, aches, sneezing, dry cough, and / or Itchy throat. .
Professor Vizhnitser confirmed that both infections are viral and cause shortness of breath. “The disease is the same disease,” he said. “They are viral and cause shortness of breath, as they both attack the upper respiratory tract.”
What are the chances of it spreading?
Much is still unknown about the infectivity and severity of fluron, but doctors have confirmed that other cases are likely to emerge, as a result of the increase in flu cases as restrictions ease along with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
“We see more and more pregnant women with the flu,” said Professor Vizhnitser. “It is definitely a great challenge dealing with a woman who comes in with a fever while giving birth.
“This is especially when you don’t know if it’s coronavirus or flu, so you refer to them in the same way. Most of the disease is respiratory. “
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