Monday, September 25, 2023

Explainer: Tomato flu is spreading among children in Kerala, know how dangerous and what is the treatment

In the midst of the Corona epidemic, tomato flu has also knocked in Kerala. Due to the red rash on the body, it is named tomato flu. Right now this flu is spreading in children younger than 5 years.

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. Since red blisters appear on the body when infected with this disease, it is called tomato flu.

Tomato flu infection is spreading rapidly in the Kollam district of Kerala. So far, the infection has been found in 80 children. All the children who have been infected with it are below 5 years of age. A high alert has been sounded in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka after cases of tomato flu increased in Kerala.

But is it tomato flu?

Tomato flu is a rare viral disease. When infected with this, there are red-colored rashes on the body, and skin irritation and dehydration problem occurs. In this disease, red-colored 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 5 years of age are getting infected in Kerala.

What are the symptoms of tomato flu?

Chikungunya-like symptoms are seen in tomato flu. When 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 stomach cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea. Along with this, apart from the hands and knees, the color of some parts of the body also changes.

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

Read more: Booster Dose: According to a British study, the fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccination significantly boosts protection.

Where is this disease spreading in Kerala?

According to reports, more than 80 children have been found 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 increasing cases in Kerala, surveillance has been increased in Mangaluru, Udupi, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, and Mysore adjacent to it. Orders have been given to keep an eye on the passengers coming from Kerala.

What is the solution to avoid this?

It is being told that this disease is new and so far not much information has been received about it, so there is no solid treatment for it. Keep your surroundings clean to avoid infection. Do not let the body lack water. Keep drinking water

Apart from this, if you see any symptoms, see a doctor immediately. If children have an infection, they should avoid scratching the blisters, as this can make things worse.

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



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