Tomato flu buzzes in Kerala. Check Symptoms, treatment, precautions

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At a time when Kerala is already dealing with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, a new flu has arrived in the state.

More than 80 children under the age of five have been infected with a rare viral disease known as ‘Tomato Flu.’ Kerala has already registered 82 cases of ‘Tomato Flu’ or ‘Tomato Fever,’ according to local media sources, and the number is expected to rise. To keep the virus from spreading into Tamil Nadu, a medical team in Walayar, a town on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, is screening people entering Coimbatore for fever, rashes, and other indications of tomato flu. According to government sources, two medical officials are leading the squad that is checking passengers, particularly minors, in all cars. According to the sources, a 24-member team has been constituted to inspect youngsters under the age of five in anganwadis.

Tomato Flu: What Is It?

Tomato Flu is a frequent viral infection in India that causes fever in children under the age of five, as well as rashes, skin irritation, and dehydration. The virus develops blisters on various places of the afflicted child’s body that are usually red in colour, earning it the nickname “tomato flu” or “tomato fever.” Currently, the sickness has only been recorded in sections of Kerala’s Kollam district, but health experts have warned that unless precautions are taken, the infection could spread to other places.

Tomato Flu Symptoms

Fever and rashes

Hands and legs have skin inflammation and colour changes.



Constipation, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhoea

Cold, cough

Body aches and pains

How Can Tomato Fue Be Prevented From Spreading?

  • Though the virus is not fatal and may be treated, if a child exhibits any symptoms of a fever, they should be taken to the doctor straight soon.
  • Allow the child to not scrape the blisters.
  • Maintain hydration for the infected child.
  • Maintain good sanitation.
  • Keep your distance from the infected person.
  • Warm water should be used to bathe the afflicted youngster.
  • Instruct the child to get enough rest to avoid the disease’s long-term effects.

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