Tomato flu affects children and cannot be treated, here’s how to protect them

Some people explain to us that we have reached the age of viruses. In fact, it’s blamed on globalization, on the exchange of goods between countries, on intensive agriculture and on the planet that is getting worse and worse. Two years ago, the Covid-19 virus completely changed the way we live and work. Today, we hope that coronaviruses will not affect us as much in our daily lives, but new diseases are emerging, such as smallpox and, more recently, the tomato flu that comes from India. Apparently this virus affects children, according to media reports India Today. We will explain everything to you!

Tomato Flu: Where Does It Come From?

A new disease has just appeared in the Kerala region of southern India. It is the tomato flu which is a very contagious virus. It causes raised, red pimples. It is for this reason that it is nicknamed “tomato”. In addition to these pimples, patients have known symptoms that resemble seasonal flu. We can mention, for example, high fever, joint pain, nausea, possibly diarrhea, cough and dehydration to be monitored, especially in young children and frail people.

According to media journalists India Today, the virus was contracted by 82 children in the Kerala region on May 6, 2022. This disease can also be similar to hand-foot-and-mouth disease, as some virology experts explain. In fact, tomato flu is spread by direct contact between infected children. But don’t worry, it’s not dangerous.

How is tomato flu treated?

“It is contagious and can spread from person to person, although the true ways in which the infection spreads are still being investigated.”, explains Dr. Subhash Chandra, assistant professor of internal medicine. Like hand-foot-mouth syndrome, tomato flu is not really curable. In fact, you can only alleviate the symptoms. “Patients who develop tomato fever should drink plenty of water and rest in bed, as is recommended for other viral fevers, to keep the body hydrated and well-rested.”, reports Dr. Chandra. Of course, to limit the spread, it is also necessary to isolate children with the disease.

Is smallpox the same?

Before the tomato flu, the media had mentioned monkeypox which is present in France. As of May 30, 2022, there were seventeen cases of monkeypox in France, according to data from the Public Health France. More specifically, 13 cases were identified in Île-de-France, 1 in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 2 in Occitania and 1 in the Normandy region. It was a 29-year-old man from Île-de-France who contracted monkeypox for the first time. Interestingly, he has not traveled to the countries where the virus is circulating, namely Central or West Africa. Today, other European countries are also affected by the disease: the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Belgium, the United States and Canada.

I’World Health Organization explain this : “The clinical presentation is similar to that seen in patients with previous smallpox, but less severe. » By way of information, the incubation of the disease ranges from 5 to 21 days. It is usually benign and heals spontaneously after 2 to 3 weeks.

What are the symptoms?

Just like the tomato flu, there are flu-like symptoms with fever, headache, muscle aches, fatigue. Then for the smallpox flu, there is the second stage with the appearance of pimples on the skin. “It evolves in about ten days from maculo-papules (flat-based lesions) to vesicles (small fluid-filled blisters), then pustules and finally crusts”underlines the WHO.


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