Recently, a new viral disease called tomato flu detested in some parts of Kerala. All the infected cases are children under five years of age. The exact cause of this infection is still unknown. Let’s dig a little into the symptoms and preventions of the tomato flu.
What is tomato flu?
Tomato flu is an unexplainable viral disease spreading in the Kerala state. The name tomato flu comes from the main symptom of this disease, the tomato-shaped blisters on several body parts. The blisters start as red-colored small blisters, and when they enlarge resemble tomatoes shaped, therefore known as tomato fever or tomato flu. The infected children also have skin irritation and severe dehydration issues.
Symptoms of tomato fever
The symptoms of tomato flu are similar to chikungunya or dengue infection. The chief identified symptoms of this infectious disease are the following:
Some additional symptoms are:
Cause of tomato fever
The exact cause of the infection is still undisclosed. The researchers are still investigating the causative organism responsible for tomato flu. As it is a transmissible disease, the healthcare providers advise taking precautionary measures to avoid infection.
Is tomato flu a contagious infection?
Yes. Tomato flu is a contagious disease that spreads through direct contact. It is common in school-going children due to lack of hygiene maintenance and often putting hands in their mouths. The infectious agents can remain in a child’s body for many weeks after the infection subside, making them favorable carriers.
Adults can also transmit the virus while handling children without showing any signs and symptoms of the disease.
Treatment of tomato fever
Tomato flu is a self-limiting infectious disease as the signs and symptoms resolve after a few days. It is a rare disease and has recent emergence, so no disease-specific medications are available. The doctors provide symptomatic care according to the child’s needs. The doctors prescribe antipyretic and pain-relievers to subside symptoms.
The Kerala government started many initiatives to treat the children at all Anganwadi and medical centers.
Prevention of tomato fever
The best way to curb the disease is to stop the spread of infection. As we all know, prevention is the best treatment in a sudden unknown disease outbreak. We should avoid close contact to prevent disease transmission. Following are some preventive measures we should keep in mind:
When to see healthcare professionals?
Tomato flu is a self-curable disease. Immediately consult a healthcare provider if you notice any above signs and symptoms in your child. If you suspect getting an infection, isolate your child from other family members and talk to your doctor.
Tomato flu is a rapidly-spreading infectious disease but is not a lethal and life-threatening condition. The proper preventive measures and symptomatic treatment are beneficial. Some of the symptoms require immediate attention, such as severe diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration, as they have detrimental effects on your child’s body. So don’t panic if your child encounters this infectious disease and deal with it cautiously.
Critical care or intensive care is the medical supervision for people with severe life-threatening conditions…