While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect people worldwide, a new virus known as tomato flu or tomato fever is rapidly spreading throughout India.
Infected children were discovered in the southern Indian state of Kerala in May, and the newly identified virus has since spread to two more Indian states.
According to a July 26, 2022 report in the medical journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, more than 82 children under the age of five had been diagnosed with the infection in the Kollam district of Kerala. The first cases of tomato flu were discovered in this part of Kerala on May 6, 2022.
Cases of this deadly disease have been reported in the eastern states of Tamil Nadu and Odisha, and while it usually affects children under the age of five, children as old as nine have been infected. These states are located in India’s eastern region.
Scientists are still unsure of what this virus is.
The “tomato flu” is so named because it spreads quickly and causes painful red blisters all over the body.
Close contact spreads the disease quickly, making it especially dangerous for children. This can occur when children put objects in their mouths, wear diapers, or touch dirty surfaces.
Symptoms Of Tomato Flu
Despite having symptoms that are strikingly similar to COVID-19, the tomato flu virus is not related to SARS-CoV-2 (both are accompanied by fever, exhaustion, and body aches initially, and some COVID-19 patients also report skin rashes). Cases of “tomato flu” in children may be due to a complication of dengue or chikungunya fever rather than a viral infection.
Irritating rashes, along with fever, lethargy, and generalized aches and pains, are another symptom. Dengue fever is one of several viral illnesses that can cause flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, joint swelling, and general aches and pains.
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