Tomato fever: 80+ children infected in Kerala; Karnataka govt on its toes
Last Updated May 12, 2022
Bengaluru, May 12: As the uncertainty of the pandemic Covid-19 still lurks in the country, a new flu called Tomato fever is creating panic among the citizens of Kerala as more than 80 children in the state have been infected of the disease. To contain the cases of the viral disease, the Kerala government has ordered surveillance and screening of passengers along the Tamil Nadu border. At the same time, the neighbouring Karnataka government has ordered a red alert along the districts sharing border with Kerala. "Preliminary reports suggest that cases have been reported from Aryankavu, Anchal and Neduvathur in Kerala. As a precaution, we will maintain strict vigil on daily travellers from Kerala entering Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru besides monitoring children for any tomato fever symptoms at OPDs.” Health minister K Sudhakar told the media. Notably, Tomato flu or tomato fever is a viral disease, that causes red coloured rashes, skin irritation and dehydration among kids under five years of age. The infection gets its name due to blisters appearing like tomatoes on the body of infected children. The common symptoms of the flu are high fever, severe body ache, joint swelling and fatigue.