After reports of tomato fever or flu spreading among children, the Tamil Nadu health authority has enhanced its vigilance at all checkpoints bordering Kerala. To scan youngsters under the age of five, health, police, and revenue authorities have been stationed at Walayar check post in Palakkad district, Kalliyakavali in Thiruvananthapuram, and Theni check posts.
“The tomato flu or fever is a self-limiting one and there are no specific drugs for it,” a senior official with the Tamil Nadu health department told IANS. “If someone is affected with this disease, they should be kept in isolation as it spread fast from one person to the other.”
The tomato flu, also known as tomato fever, is characterised by red rashes and blisters, thus the name. This flu causes severe fever and body aches in children under the age of five, as well as blisters and rashes on the skin.
Three teams have been deployed at each check post, according to a Tamil Nadu health department official, to prevent children with rashes and blisters from entering the state. Dehydration, stomach pain, diarrhoea, nausea, and vomiting are very common symptoms among infected children. Tomato flu has been reported in numerous districts across Kerala, prompting state health minister Veena George to send a caution about the disease.