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What is Tomato Fever?; Symptoms and Causes of ‘tomato flu’

New Delhi: Amid spread of covid19 virus in the country, another flu has started haunting Kerala. According to reports more than 80 children who is said to be below five years have been suffering from a rare kind of viral infection.

The viral infection is called as ‘tomato flu.’

Also, the media reports said that all the confirmed cases of Tomato fever were reported from government hospitals.

Over 82 cases of Tomato fever has been reported in Kollam. The number of infected cases may be higher if the cases from private hospitals are included.

What is Tomato Flu or Tomato Fever?

Tomato flu also known as Tomato fever, this is a very common kind of fever where children below five years of age gets infected.

Symptoms of Tomato Fever

Children who suffer from Tomato flu or Tomato fever usually experience rashes and skin irritation and dehydration.

Tomato flu causes blisters on several parts of the infected child’s body.

Basically the blisters are generally red in color, and thus it is called “tomato flu” or “tomato fever”.

  • Feeling tired
  • Colour of hands and legs changes
  • Pain in the joints
  • Cramps in the abdominal
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • High fever
  • Body aches

Which part of India sees this infection?

According to the health officials, in India its only parts of Kollam that has seen tomato flu, but now the officials have warned that this  could spread to other regions if action is not taken on time.

How to prevent Tomato Fever?

Although, there are no treatments to cure tomato flu or Tomato fever, but here are some preventive measures that one can keep in mind-

  • Blisters-do not scratch it or rub it.
  • Drink only boiled water and stay
  • Keep the area clean and try maintaining proper hygiene.
  • Try maintaining distance from the infected person
  • For bathing, use only warm water
  • Take proper rest
  • Also, good diet