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Tomato flu cases detected in Kerala

  • Published
    12th May, 2022

Tamil Nadu has ramped up surveillance at its borders in the wake of “tomato flu” cases being detected in Kerala.


About Tomato Flu:

  • Tomato flu is a viral disease, which causes red rashes, skin irritation, and dehydration.
  • The fever is affecting children below the age of five in Kerala.
  • The flu that gets its name because of the red blister it causes.
  • Around 80 children have so far been infected with the Tomato flu.
  • There is no confirmation yet on whether the Tomato Fever is a viral fever or is an after-effect of chikungunya or dengue fever. 
  • Symptoms of Tomato flu:
      • The main symptoms include high fever, rashes, and skin irritation. Hand and leg skin colour can change with rising blisters.
      • Children might also experience abdominal cramps, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea.
  • Treatment of Tomato flu:
    • If a child shows symptoms, they should be taken directly to a doctor.
    • Children are advised to be kept hydrated.
    • If infected, the child must avoid scratching the blisters and maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

Preventive measures:

  • Contact doctor immediately
  • Do not scratch the blisters
  • Stay hydrated by drinking boiled water.
  • Maintain proper hygiene.
  • Avoid close contact with the infected person.
  • Use warm water for bathing
  • Take proper rest to avoid its long-lasting effect

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