India is engulfed in a tomato flu outbreak.


Over the past three months, infants and schoolchildren in numerous Indian states, mainly in south India, have been found to be infected with a novel viral illness known as "tomato flu."

The viral condition, which most frequently affects children and typically flares up in kindergarten-aged children, gets its name from the blisters that frequently resemble tomatoes and spread across the body of the patient.

Although there have been close to 100 cases documented in the nation so far, no fatalities have been noted.

High temperature, body rashes, and excruciating joint pain are all symptoms.

According to media accounts, children who have tomato flu also exhibit signs of COVID-19 and a number of other typical childhood illnesses.

A hot water sponge is used as part of the treatment to soothe irritation and rashes in addition to seclusion, rest, and plenty of fluids.

However, in addition to taking paracetamol for fever and body aches, health experts advised supportive therapy. Other symptomatic treatments are also required.

Prior to this, the federal government issued a warning after learning of such incidents, advising parents to make sure their children refrain from embracing or touching other kids.

As of July 26, local government hospitals had reported the virus in more than 82 children under the age of five, according to the federal government.

The federal government's warning noted that "tomato flu is a viral disease. The neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were made aware of this endemic viral infection.

"In addition, the sickness has been documented in 26 children in Odisha, ages 1 to 9.

Although the tomato flu virus exhibits symptoms like fever, exhaustion, body pains, and skin rashes that are similar to those of other viral diseases, the virus is in no way connected to SARS-CoV-2, monkeypox, dengue, or chikungunya.

The warning stated that "there is no specific medication available to treat tomato flu because it is a self-limiting sickness."

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