Israel has reportedly documented the first case of Florona. Florona is a double infection of Covid-19 and influenza. It was first identified in a woman who into labour at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva. The young mother was not vaccinated against either pathogen, the hospital said. However, her infection is relatively mild.
The Health Ministry is still examining the case and is determining if the two viruses are capable of causing more severe illness. Though several patients also came down with both pathogens together, it was not diagnosed, health officials assume.
"Last year, we did not witness flu cases among pregnant or birthing women," said Arnon Vizhnitser. Vizhnitser is an obstetrics and gynaecology specialist and the director of the hospitals' Gynecology Department.
"Today, we are seeing cases of both coronavirus and the flu that are starting to rear their head. We are seeing more and more pregnant women with the flu," Vizhnitser added.
It is a great challenge dealing with a woman who comes in with a fever at childbirth, Vizgnitser said. You do not know if it's coronavirus or the flu, so you refer to them the same, he added.