First case of myocarditis associated with Omicron strain reported in Israel

Source : 112 Ukraine

A man received second dose of vaccine last August
12:13, 10 January 2022

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The Jerusalem Post

The first case of heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis) in a man infected with the Omicron strain has been found in Israel as The Times of Israel reported.

It is reported that a 43-year-old man was admitted to a medical center with Omicron. However, the coronavirus infection caused him to develop myocarditis.

“This is the first time we have seen this with Omicron. We are keeping a close watch on the patient, who is currently in intensive care,” Professor Shlomi Matetzky said.

Related: South Korea records first deaths from Omicron strain

The hospital reported that the man received a second dose of the coronavirus vaccine last August. He had previously been healthy with no comorbidities.

Previous versions of the virus caused myocarditis and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining around the heart), according to the newspaper. Very rare cases have been known to occur after vaccines using mRNA technology. This has been particularly true in young men.

In general, there has been an outbreak of Omicron infection in Israel. However, health officials hope that it will prove to be milder and cause fewer hospitalizations than previous waves.

Related: Omicron may be less severe in young and old, but not mild,- WHO

As we reported, Israel starts offering a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine to people aged 60 and over, becoming the first country in the world to widely disseminate the extra jab to fight off the omicron strain.



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