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Tomato Flu In Kerala: 82 Cases Reported; All You Need To Know

Tomato flu is an unexplained fever that has predominantly been found in children under the age of five in Kerala. The flu creates rashes and blisters on the afflicted child’s body that are often red in colour, so the names “tomato flu” or “tomato fever.”

Kerala reports 82 ‘tomato flu’ cases in past one month. (Source: Pexels)

New Delhi: As many as 82 cases of “tomato flu” have been reported in Kerala’s Kollam district during the past one month.

According to Kollam district medical officer, the situation is under control. Complete recovery is possible within a week to 10 days.

The flu affects children and spreads through contact. The disease Tomato flu has got its name as people get a red blister. Blisters and mild fever are the symptoms of tomato flu. 

What Is Tomato Flu?

Tomato flu is an unexplained fever that has predominantly been found in children under the age of five in Kerala. The flu creates rashes and blisters on the afflicted child’s body that are often red in colour, so the names “tomato flu” or “tomato fever.”

According to reports, the condition is a viral fever or an aftereffect of chikungunya or dengue fever. While the sickness is only seen in certain districts of Kerala, health officials have cautioned that if preventive steps are not done, the virus could spread further.

Measures by Kerala Govt

Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Wednesday said there is no need to panic about reports of tomato flu in neighbouring Kerala, as it is endemic to that state, and instructed authorities in the border district to remain vigilant aimed at controlling its spread.

To combat the spread of the tomato flu in one of Kerala’s districts, a medical team is testing those entering Coimbatore for fever, rashes, and other diseases at Walayar on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, according to news agency PTI. The crew is led by two medical officers who are checking passengers, notably children.

Along with this, a 24-member team has been formed to check the children, aged below five, in Anganwadis.

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