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Children Below 5 Years Of Age Are Getting Tomato Flu, Know What It Is


What is Tomato Flu: Corona infection has not gone yet, and a new disease has knocked in the country. Now the name of the new disease that has emerged is tomato flu. As red blisters appear on the body when infected with this disease, hence it is named tomato flu.

Tomato flu infection is spreading in the Kollam district of Kerala. So far, its infection has been found in 80 children. Of the children who have been infected by it, all of them are below five years of age. A high alert has been issued in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka after increasing cases of tomato flu in Kerala.

But is this tomato flu?

Tomato flu is a rare viral disease. When infected with this, red-coloured rashes occur on the body, skin irritation occurs, and there is a problem of dehydration. In this disease, red coloured blisters are formed on the body, which looks like tomatoes, hence the name tomato flu. Tomato flu is currently spreading among children. Only children below the age of 5 years are getting infected in Kerala.


What are the symptoms of tomato flu?

Chikungunya-like symptoms are seen in tomato flu. If infected, it causes high fever, body aches, swollen joints and fatigue. However, skin irritation and rashes are also occurring in children infected with it, due to which some parts of the body get blisters.

If infected with this, there is also a complaint of abdominal cramps, vomiting or diarrhoea. Along with this, apart from the hands and knees, the colour of some parts of the body also changes.

However, from where this disease came, nothing is known about it yet. Health officials are still trying to find out the exact cause of the tomato flu.


Where is this disease spreading in Kerala?

According to reports, more than 80 children have been infected with tomato flu in the Kollam district of Kerala. Apart from Kollam, some cases have also been reported in Aryankavu, Aanchal and Nenduvathur. After the increase in cases in Kerala, surveillance has been increased in Mangaluru, Udupi, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar and Mysore adjacent to it. Orders have been given to monitor the passengers coming from Kerala.

What is the way to avoid this?

It is being told that this disease is new, and so far, not much information is available about it, so there is no solid treatment for it. Maintain cleanliness around you to avoid infection. Do not let the body lack water. Keep drinking water.

Apart from this, if any symptoms are seen, then immediately see the doctor. If children have an infection, they should avoid scratching the blisters, making things worse.


Avoid coming in contact with an infected person to prevent the spread of the infection. If you have an infection, take a rest.

Geeta Kumar
Geeta Kumar
Geeta Kumar is Our Digital Media Specialist at Spot News 18. She Manages our Digital Media Account Globally. She loves to be connected on Social Media.

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