It is not yet clear whether the flu is caused by a new virus or is an aftereffect of a known virus.
According to In a new correspondence from medical professionals in India and Australia, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, a suspected new virus, known as tomato flu or tomato fever, has been found to affect mainly children in the state of Kerala in India.
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The suspected virus is described as endemic and not life-threatening. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, body aches and rash. Correspondence suggests that the flu could have been caused by chikungunya, childhood dengue fever, or a new variant of foot-and-mouth disease.
Influenza gets its name from the red and painful blisters that appear on patients' bodies and gradually grow to the size of a tomato. According to correspondence, the blisters resemble those caused by monkeypox.
Influenza was first detected in the Kollam district of Kerala on May 6, 2022, and as of July 26, more than 82 children under 5 years of age have been infected in the state . 26 cases in children aged 1 to 9 years were also found in the Indian state of Odisha. No other region in India has reported cases.
Influenza usually clears up on its own on its own without the need for treatment, and so far there is no specific medicine to treat it. The correspondence warned that tomato flu was highly contagious and that any patients or suspected patients should be placed in close isolation and other precautions should be taken. Isolation should continue for 5-7 days from the onset of symptoms.