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What Is Tomato Flu?

Context:

Tamil Nadu has ramped up surveillance at its borders in the wake of “tomato flu” cases being detected in Kerala.

Relevance:

GS II- Health

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. What is tomato flu?
  2. How can tomato flu be treated? How to take care of it?

What is tomato flu?

  • The flu that gets its name because of the red blister it causes.
  • It affects children below five years of age.
  • The symptoms of this flu, also called Tomato fever, include rashes, skin irritation and dehydration.
  • According to several reports, the flu can also cause tiredness, joint pain, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, high fever, and body ache.
  • In some cases, it may also change the colour of the legs and the hands.
  • The symptoms will resolve overtime on their own if supportive care is given.

How can tomato flu be treated? How to take care of it?

  • Like other cases of flu, tomato fever is also contagious.
  • If someone is infected with this flu, they need to be kept in isolation as this could spread rapidly from one person to another
  • It is essential to prevent children from scratching the blisters caused by the flu.
  • Proper rest and hygiene is also advised.
  • Utensils, clothes and other items used by the infected persons must be sanitised to prevent the flu from spreading.
  • Fluid intake would also help counteract dehydration.

-Source: Indian Express


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