It seems like there are multiple diseases around us just waiting to attack us anytime. Corona virus has started this weird chain of infections and they tend to affect people over multiple areas. This time another virus has been detected in Kerala that actually affects children below the age of 5 years. There have been more than 80 cases so far and this flu has been named as Tomato Flu. It is a type of unidentified fever that have affected children in several parts of Kerala. According to reports, this number is predicted to climb higher as the flue progresses. Stick with us and read this article to know all about this viral flu which is affecting children of Kerala and nearby areas.
Tomato Flu- What is it?
This is a type of unidentified fever which has been mostly detected in Kerala and nearby areas. Unfortunately, this flu is affecting children below the age of five years which is actually threatening. We spoke to Dr. Sumeet Nigam, General Physician from Sahara Hospital, Lucknow in order to know about this disease in further detail. He told us that flu is causing blisters and some reddish colored rashes all over the body. This is also the probable reason; it is being called tomato flu. According to our health expert, this viral flu could be related to chikungunya or dengue because most of the symptoms that have been witnessed give similar evidence.
Since not much has been known till now, so it is hard to comment the cause behind this tomato flu. But as the health authorities have told, this could spread further in a few days and affect more kids. Therefore, advisory has been put out in order to prevent spread of this flu amongst children.
Prevention Tips for Tomato Flu
There have been a few steps that have been taken in Kerala in order to prevent the spread of tomato flu in districts of neighboring states. Since most of the cases have just occurred in Kerala, therefore it might be possible to stop mass effect and adverse health conditions tomato flu could bring with it. Medical team for Kerala is carrying out tests on those entering Coimbatore for fever and rashes on the skin. They are even checking for other illness at borders of Kerala-Tamil Nadu, where some cases have been registered. A 24-member team has also been appointed to check the households for children below 5 years having any symptoms of Tomato Flu.
Symptoms of Tomato Flu
Tomato flu has a few symptoms that could include the following symptoms. This could determine the flu and prevent health adversities in children.
- Skin irritation
- Red blisters on skin
- High Fever
- Swelling in the joints
- Runny nose
- Discoloration of hands, knees and buttocks
How to Deal with Tomato Flu?
You must take you child to the doctor, if you notice any signs of tomato flu on their health. The child must avoid scratching themselves, especially blisters and rashes. Maintain proper hygiene so that the risk of infections decreases. Keep you and your kids hydrated at all times, especially in this season of infections.