TE24 Health Desk:
Doctors in India are concerned about a new virus known as ‘tomato flu’ that has infected dozens of children.
Since May, 82 children under the age of five have contracted tomato fever and 26 children under the age of 10 have contracted tomato fever. It’s complete. The infection is so named because it causes red, painful ulcers on the patient’s body that gradually enlarge to the size of a tomato. , fatigue, nausea and diarrhea have also been reported.
Doctors fear that the current outbreak is highly contagious and could spread to the adult population if not controlled This comes at a time when the world is still reeling from the Covid pandemic , which occurs amid a worldwide outbreak of monkeypox.
No pictures of viral rashes have been published, but viral infections are common in this age group and are more likely to be transmitted through close contact, with patients developing red, painful blisters and rashes all over their bodies.
Babies are more susceptible to this infection if they wear diapers, touch dirty surfaces or put objects directly in their mouths. Like hand, foot and mouth disease, tomato flu outbreaks in children can be fatal to adults if not controlled and prevented.
What is tomato flu?
Experts are yet to figure out what caused more than 100 children under the age of nine to fall ill in India. Some of the symptoms (fever, fatigue, aches) overlap with his covid, but the two viruses are not related. Doctors believe the virus could be a new form of hand-foot-and-mouth disease.
However, he noted that these symptoms could be the “result” of dengue or chikungunya, a disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. Where is the signal? Tomato fever has been reported only in India. It was first seen on May 6 in Kollam, South Kerala. As of July 26, 82 cases of it have been reported in children under five years of age in Kerala. The northeastern state of Odisha reported nine cases a year ago.
The Kerala Health Department is monitoring the spread of the infection and has issued a high alert in the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu to the east and Karnataka to the north.
What are the symptoms?
According to medical personnel, the affected person develops painful red blisters all over the body that gradually grow to the size of a tomato. They thought these blisters resembled the juvenile monkeypox virus.
In addition to blisters, patients experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, dehydration, swollen joints, and body aches. The main symptoms are: Tomato flu in children is similar to chikungunya fever. It is a dengue-like viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes and endemic to parts of India.
Her 82 children with tomato fever initially tested negative for dengue, chikungunya, Zika, varicella zoster and herpes, but came back negative. In addition to blisters, patients experience fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, dehydration, swollen joints, and body aches. There is currently no test or cure for this virus.
Doctors say all patients should be quarantined for 5 to 7 days after the onset of symptoms and instructed to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take acetaminophen.
It is recommended to use a sponge soaked in warm water to reduce the irritation of the rash. The first virus was detected in Kollam in eastern Kerala on May 6 and the last case was detected on July 26. Cases have also been recorded in three other districts of Kerala, Anchal, Ariankaf and Nedubatur.
Also, 26 cases were reported in Northeast Orissa between the ages of 1 and 9 years. The Kerala Health Department is monitoring the spread of the infection and has issued a high alert in the neighboring states of Tamil Nadu to the east and Karnataka to the north.
Experts from the LM College of Pharmacy in Gujarat, northern India, and the Victoria University of Melbourne, Australia, have concluded that the virus is not fatal. A known patient recovered spontaneously within 1–2 weeks.
The source of infection is still unknown. Some symptoms overlap with the new coronavirus, such as fever, fatigue and aches, but the two viruses are not related.
Doctors believe the virus could be a new form of hand, foot and mouth disease. But these symptoms can also be new sequelae of dengue or chikungunya and may appear days after the infection is cleared from the body. This is happening when I’m working on an outbreak. More than 35,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported worldwide.
He is 3,195 in the UK and 14,115 in the US. A vaccine is available worldwide to stop the spread of the virus that causes measles. This virus mainly occurs in men who have sex with men.
Meanwhile, Langya virus, which causes mild flu-like symptoms, was detected in 35 of those people in China before the first pandemic recurred in 2020. however,
Top scientists have assured the public that it has nothing to do with Covid as it does not spread rapidly between people.