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