Tomato Fever- Symptoms, effects and remedy

Tomato Fever is a new virus outbreak that has been found in Kerela. The virus was highlighted after a young girl lost her life after eating a shawarma wrap from an eatery outlet in Kasaragod, Kerala. A bacterium known as Shigellahas been identified as the cause of death. As per the local media reports, 82 instances of ‘Tomato Flu’ or ‘Tomato Fever,’ have already been recorded in Kerala.

Moreover, the number is predicted to rise. Though the exact cause is still unknown, Health and family welfare department officials said cases of tomato flu are a rare viral disease. Amid the speculations over a potential fourth wave of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, another threat of the Nipah outbreak has crept its way into Kerala. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have ramped up surveillance at their borders in the wake of “tomato flu”. The flu gets its name from the red blister it causes on the body.

Tomato Fever- Symptoms, effects and remedy
Tomato Flue or fever

What is tomato fever?

It is a rare viral disease that causes rashes and red blisters on the infected child’s body. Several health experts maintain that there is a possibility that the condition is a viral fever or an after-effect of chikungunya or dengue fever since the symptoms are high fever, severe body ache, joint swelling, fatigue, skin irritation & dehydration among children. And it affects children below five years of age. 

According to doctors, there is no specific drug for Tomato Flu, and it is also contagious. However, the symptoms resolve independently when proper care and support are given to the infected patients. Hygiene and adequate rest are advised, along with sanitisation of utensils, clothes and other items used by the infected persons to prevent the flu from spreading.

As suggested by doctors, it is crucial to prevent the infected children from scratching the blisters caused by the flu. The fluid intake would also help counteract dehydration. Most importantly, seek your doctor’s advice if you notice the abovementioned symptoms.

According to reports, authorities predict that the number of cases may go higher. Continuous screening at Anganwadi centres across the district is done since flu predominantly affects children. Close to 24 mobile teams with health officers have been deployed to carry out the process.

The Kerala Health Department is actively watching the situation since the ailment affects children under five, a public health emergency. 


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