What is tomato flu, reported in over 80 children in India?

The tomato flu virus has been detected in many districts of Kerala state in southern India amid subsequent outbreaks of food poisoning caused by the shigella bacteria.

According to media reports, the rare viral illness has affected more than 80 children under the age of five in the state.

A team of doctors will screen for fever, rashes and other illnesses in Walayar on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border to combat the spread of tomato flu in one of the districts of Kerala.

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What is the “tomato flu”, exactly?

Tomato flu, which causes rashes, skin irritation and dehydration, is the most common misdiagnosed infection in India.

The flu gets its name from a disease that produces tomato-shaped blisters.

The “tomato flu” of Kerala

Kollam, Neduvathur, Anchal and Aryankavu are the worst affected regions in Kerala.

As a result, the Ministry of Health is establishing a camp and taking measures in some places; the flu only affects children under five.

Symptoms of the “tomato flu”

Skin irritation, rashes, red spots on hands and legs, fever, dehydration, blisters, cough and cold, diarrhea

How can this be avoided?

A viral infection causes the “tomato flu”. Although the situation is not alarming, we must proceed with caution.

1) Stay hydrated by drinking boiled water.
2) Don’t let the blisters formed by the tomato flu crack.
3) Keep your distance from the infected person.
4) Maintaining excellent hygiene is crucial for the sick person.