Tomato Flu: All you need to know about the new contagious disease in India affecting children

Tomato flu or tomato fever can spread from one person to another through contact with an infected person. "It spreads

Updated on Aug 29, 2022 05:49 PM IST 6 Photos

A new illness, Tomato Flu or Tomato Fever, has been found in Kerala and Odisha, as India continues its fight with coronavirus and monkey pox. So far, 82 children have been reportedly infected with the disease. The rash can appear on hands, feet and buttocks and also cause ulcers in the mouth.(File Image (Representative Image))

The symptoms of this rare viral infection include high fever, body ache, joint swelling and fatigue. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, dehydration, swollen joints and body aches are the other symptoms reported by some patients.(File Image (Representative Image))

Tomato flu is caused by intestinal viruses and is rare among adults due to their strong immunity.(Reuters)


"Past few days some publications started emerging from Kerela regarding a new endemic disease by the name of tomato fever. The community is just recovering from serious Covid therefore very sensitive and receptive to new endemics. Additionally, this type of news creates panic. It's important to check facts about this disease," said Dr Dhiren Gupta, Senior Consultant, Sir Gangaram hospital.(Unsplash)

"It looks like it's a form of hand, foot, mouth disease with additional symptoms of joint pains and high-grade fever. Anyway hand foot mouth disease itself is a syndrome which can be caused by different enteroviruses. Symptoms vary from type of virus, age group and immunity status of the patient. In general, it's not life-threatening in the general population," he said.(Unsplash)