First US cases of 'Flurona' are diagnosed in children from Texas and California

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First US cases of ‘Flurona’ – simultaneous flu AND COVID infections – are diagnosed in children from Texas and California

The ‘Flurona’ cases were found this week in a child in Texas and one in Southern California.

The first case was diagnosed at Texas Children’s Hospital Monday after a test confirmed the child was infected with both influenza A and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID.

The child was not hospitalized and is said to be recovering at home, USA Today reported. No other details about the patient were immediately available.

The first cases of simultaneous flu and COVID-19 infections have been detected in the United States in children in Texas and California (Pictured: An official conducts COVID tests at a drive-thru near the Getty Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. This is the facility where a child was diagnosed with Flurona)

The second case was discovered in Brentwood, California on New Year’s Day at a mobile testing center. The patient, from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, was visiting the US on a family vacation.

The child was experiencing symptoms but in ‘fairly good condition’ and has not been hospitalized, Steve Farzam, CEO of 911 COVID testing, told KVEA Wednesday. The minor was released to their parents after test and sent home. 

Texas Children's Hospital was the first hospital in the US to confirm the co-infection. Their Flurona patient was not hospitalized and is said to be recovering at home

It is unclear if either child has received their COVID or flu shots. 

The positive Flurona cases come just days after the first case of the double infection was found in a woman in Israel. She was suffering mild symptoms and health officials are studying her case to determine whether the combination causes any greater severity of illness. 

Texas Children’s Hospital was the first hospital in the US to confirm the co-infection and is working with other medical experts nationwide to conduct further research.

Health experts expect to see a rise in co-infections and warn both the flu and COVID can cause serious illness. They also notes that co-infections are more likely to occur in young children because their immune system is still becoming familiar with many common viruses

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