Tomato Flu Outbreak In India

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The researchers of India are alarmed because of a new disease, which they describe as ‘tomato flu’ or ‘tomato fever’. The flu causes red blisters that grow into the size of a small tomato. Although the cause of the disease is unknown, researchers are suspecting a link with the known diseases in the community.

A trio of scientists wrote in Lancet Journal of Respiratory Medicine that more than 100 children below the age of 5 fell sick because of the infection in Kerala and Odisha states, India. شرح 1xbet The first case was seen in the Kollam district of Kerala on May 6th and since then it has been reported in multiple villages.

What are the symptoms like?

Most kids suffering from tomato fever experience flu-like symptoms, with body pain and fever. Moreover, painful, red, and large blisters throughout the body are the most prominent features.

Reports also say that the disease is extremely contagious. However, it is not fatal and mild, comparatively. Furthermore, it lasts ten days.

The author of the study Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos said,

At the moment it looks like the virus is mild and goes away on its own, but most people who have had this infection are young, and we don’t really know what might happen in an immunocompromised person or if it spreads to elderly people. At the moment it is still isolated and doesn’t appear to have spread beyond India

The diagnosis of tomato fever is confirmed after the tests for dengue, Zika virus, VZV, herpes, and chikungunya are negative. Nevertheless, it has been pointed out through studies that the symptoms could be due to other diseases untested. For example, hand foot and mouth disease.

While public health bodies are tracking the disease, the details about it are very limited. In addition, scientists still have to analyze the pathogen and isolate it after the nature of the infection is understood.

However, scientists claim that people should be cautious till further details of the virus are known. العاب تجلب المال

Senior Research Associate, Ashley Quigley said,

It is unclear if these outbreaks are caused by a single virus or more than one virus. Urgent laboratory testing and genotyping of any virus identified is therefore needed to confirm whether Tomato Flu is in fact a new virus

She further added,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, hypervigilance and improvement in surveillance techniques and reporting may be picking up more infections, however, the long-term effects of COVID-19 could lead to an increase in illnesses in an already weakened immune system and so we need to be cautious until more is known about this infection


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