What is Tomato flu that is spreading in India? Symptoms and treatment

WHAT IS TOMATO FLU?

The tomato flu was first identified in Kerala's Kollam district on May  6, 2022. The study said the tomato flu virus shows symptoms similar to  those of Covid-19 but the virus is not related to SARS-CoV-2. Rather  than a viral infection, tomato flu could be an after-effect of  chikungunya or dengue fever in children.

The flu was named on the basis of the eruption of red and painful  blisters throughout the body that gradually enlarge to the size of a  tomato.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

The primary symptoms observed in children with tomato flu are similar to  those of chikungunya, which include high fever, rashes, and intense  pain in joints. Some of its symptoms like body aches, fever and fatigue  are similar to those experienced by Covid-19 patients.

Other symptoms include joint swelling, nausea, diarrhoea, dehydration,  joint aches and high fever. In some cases, patients also reported the  development of rashes on their skin.

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