Tomato fever is a rare virus that strikes only children. Especially those under the age of five. However, it not yet assured whether this (unknown fever) is viral or dengue, chikungunya. Most of the kids have had problems with rashes, skin irritation and dehydration. The issues of blisters in some parts of the body also observed.
Tomato Fever: Where the Name comes from
Tomato flu named after this soar. The blisters look like red, wheeled tomatoes. It still growing in Kollam so far. However, health officials cautioned that it may soon stretch to other parts of Kerala. The mysterious infection also called Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
Tomato Fever: Measures to avoid infection
1. Feed a lot of water to ailing children and it must boiled and cooled.
2. Blisters or rashes will not scratched in any way.
3. It is vital to maintain proper hygiene. Utensils, clothes and other items used by the ailing persons must sanitized to prevent the flu from expanding.
4. You have to take a bath by mixing something that is resistant to germs in lukewarm water.
5. If you see the slightest indications, do not leave it behind, go to the physician immediately.
Tomato Fever: Prevention adopted by Government
1. The Kerala government formed a 24-member group to treat the children suffering from tomato flu in all Anganwadi centers.
2. To regulate the spread of tomato flu 3 teams formed, revenue inspector, health inspector, and police.
3. Health officers in the outskirts of Mysore, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu instructed to boost up vigil in the out-patient department of public and private hospitals and daily commuters from Kerala.
Tomato flu self-controlled and there are no specific meds for it. Doctors say indications will resolve overtime on their own but care needed immediately. But it must be noted that having tomatoes has nothing to do with getting Tomato fever and it extremely safe to eat tomatoes. However, as a common prevention, anything edible must washed first.
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