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Peru reports first 'flurona' death

Christian Fernsby |
Peru's Health Ministry on Thursday reported the country's first fatal case of 'flurona' (a simultaneous infection of flu and COVID-19), involving an 87-year-old patient with comorbidities who was not vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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e deceased was one of three cases of flurona detected in northern Peru's Amazonas region, according to Cesar Munayco, a researcher at the ministry's National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases.

The other two cases included a minor and a 40-year-old person who was fully vaccinated against COVID-19, said Munayco.

Those infected presented symptoms such as cough, sore throat and general malaise, Munayco said, urging the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and influenza because that "reduces the risk of dying."

"It is important to take this into account, because we currently have a major outbreak of H3N2 influenza in the country's jungle, such as (the regions of) Loreto, San Martin, Amazonas and Ucayali," Munayco warned.

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