What is Tomato flu or Tomato Fever?

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Tomato flu, often known as tomato fever, is a viral disease that causes blisters that resemble tomatoes.

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Rashes, skin irritation, and dehydration are signs of an infected child, resulting in blisters all over the body.

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The term “tomato flu” or “tomato fever” has been given to the disease because of the red-colored bullous blisters, shaped like tomatoes, that crop up on the affected individuals' bodies.

It is still undetermined whether tomato fever is a viral fever or an aftereffect of Chikungunya or Dengue fever.

The flu is characterized by symptoms like fever, fatigue, red blisters on the skin, rashes, irritation, and dehydration

The virus may persist in their system for many weeks, even after signs and symptoms of the disease have subsided

Kerala has reported over 58 deaths and hospitalizations due to food poisoning, which has been retrospectively identified as tomato flu.

Another State, Odisha, in the western part of India, has now reported that 26 Children also got affected by tomato flu

However, some newspapers and experts have suggested the cause of this outbreak to be head foot mouth disease (HFMD) rather than tomato fever.