Tomato Flu strikes Kerala: Know about its symptoms, treatment, precautions

Kochi: A new flu is doing rounds in India now, which has raised a major concern, especially among children under five years of age.

It has triggered in Kerala’s Kollam district after the mysterious disease was detected in 80 children. But since then, the Neduvathur, Anchal and Aryankavu districts have witnessed some cases of tomato flu as well. The outbreak has also put the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on alert.

What is Tomato Flu ?

Tomato flu or tomato fever is a viral disease that results in rashes or blisters, skin irritation and dehydration in the affected individuals. But whether its causative agent is related to chikungunya, a viral fever or dengue fever remains uncertain.

Symptoms of Tomato flu

  • High fever
  • Dehydration
  • Rashes, skin irritation; hand and legs skin colour can also change
  • Blisters
  • Abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea
  • Runny nose, cough, sneeze
  • Tiredness and body ache

Causes of Tomato Flu 

The flu is still largely unidentified and the causes are not exactly known. Whether it’s a new viral or an aftereffect of dengue/chikungunya is still being debated.

Treatment of Tomato flu

If a child is showing symptoms, they should be taken to the doctor immediately. Kids should be kept hydrated. The blisters or rashes should not be scratched and proper cleanliness and hygiene should be maintained. Members of family and friends should avoid any close contact with the infected person. The patients should take proper rest to avoid the long-lasting effects of the fever.

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