Tomato Flu in Odisha, 26 kids test positive

Bhubaneswar: As many as 26 kids have been detected with Tomato Flu or hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD), informed Odisha Health Director Bijay Mohapatra on Tuesday.

Reportedly, a total of 36 samples were collected and sent to Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar.

Out of the total, 26 kids were detected with Tomato Flu including 19 from Bhubaneswar, two from Khordha, three from Puri, and two from Cuttack.

Adding to it, all the infected kids are in the below nine-years-age group. All of them have been asked to remain in isolation for the next 5-7 days as their health is in a stable condition, added Mohapatra. They are being monitored by the local health team.

The positive samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune for genome sequencing.

The State government has ordered the health department to bring the disease into surveillance.

It is pertinent to mention that Odisha Health and Welfare Department has warned the people on its Twitter handle and wrote “Tomato flu is a viral and airborne disease. Symptoms of the disease are especially common in children under the age of five. The disease is characterized by redness of the hands, feet, and face, and severe fever. If you have any of these symptoms, consult your doctor immediately.”

Earlier on May 15, the government had begun making all arrangements at Sishu Bhawan in advance and made a 12-bedded special ward ready for the treatment of Tomato Flu cases.

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