Amidst the recent cases of food poisoning, a new virus has been detected in several regions of Kerala known as the Tomato Flu. As per the reports, nearly 80 children have been affected by the flu so far under five years of age. The number is expected to climb further in coming days.
As a preventive measure, neighboring districts in Kerala are carrying out medical checkups and taking random samples of those entering Coimbatore. Patients who particularly have fever, rashes, or similar illnesses are also getting tested at Walayar on the Tamil-Nadu-Kerala border.
Kerala recently witnessed a massive food poisoning outrage that took the lives of 58 individuals. Now, the Tomato Flu has become a new cause of concern for the locals. Tomato Flu is a rare viral disease that causes red-coloured rashes, dehydration and skin irritation. The disease has been named “Tomato Flu” because the blisters caused by it looks like tomatoes.
Reportedly, the authorities are trying to figure out if the disease is a viral fever or an aftereffect of dengue or chikungunya fever. Despite its limited spread, the officials have warned that if the virus is not contained, it could spread further.
The major symptoms of Tomato Flu include blisters, rashes, skin irritation, and dehydration. Additionally, children who are infected with this flu can witness body ache, high fever, tiredness, joint swelling, nausea, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, sneeze, discoloration of hands, runny nose, etc.
Individuals who are facing these symptoms are advised to consult a doctor. Children who are infected must avoid scratching their blisters and maintain proper hygiene, cleanliness and isolate themselves. As there is no specific drug to treat this, keeping the body hydrated and getting proper rest is necessary to reduce its effects.