A new virus in India: more than 80 infants are said to be infected with tomato flu (tomato fever or tomato flu), Indian media reports. This mysterious virus, highly contagious, would cause round and red pimples. What are the symptoms? Should it be feared in France?
[Mis à jour le 10 juin 2022 à 10h03] After the smallpoxa new virus? In the month of May 2022, several Indian media outlets have warned of cases of “tomato flu “also called “fever of the tomato “, a disease related to a mysterious virus which rages in India and which would affect young children. As of May 6, 2022, this new viral disease is said to have infected more than 82 infants from Keralaa state in southern India, reports the media India Today on May 26th. What a virus, extremely contagious but not “deadly”would often result rashes (pimples) round and red (hence the term “tomato”) very irritating and painful, reminiscent of foot-to-mouth syndrome according to an assumption from the first scientific findings. What is known about this new virus? What symptoms do they train Should we worry in France? Knowledge to date.
Origin: What is tomato flu?
This viral disease would cause small red rashes, reminiscent of tomatoes.
“Tomato flu” (or “tomato fever”, or “tomato flu“) is a new disease due to a virus, observed at South India (region of Kerala) for several weeks, mostly at children under 5 years. For now, the tomato flu would be endemic to Kerala and its exact cause is not yet known. Researchers are still studying the body responsible for tomato flu. Among the advanced tracks, that of the appearance ofa new form or variant of benign foot-to-mouth viral diseasevery common in young children (including in France).
Why is it called tomato flu?
This viral disease (currently unexplained) would result in smallpox rashes red and spherical, reminiscent of small tomatoes. These blisters would be extremely painful and contagious. This disease therefore has nothing to do with the consumption of tomatoes (fruit).
Should we be worried about a tomato flu in France?
For now, the tomato flu virus has only been detected in Kerala, India. There is therefore no need to worry in France at this time. “It looks like a Coxsackie, a benign, childhood virus that gives the syndrome feet-hands-mouth“ reassured Dr. Benjamin Rossi, an infectiologist at Robert Ballanger Hospital (Aulnay-sous-Bois) with TF1info. “The same virus may not have been sequenced a few months ago. This is the context, according to this doctor. CLike monkeypox, they had to be tested before the children were found to be negative.. “
What are the symptoms of tomato flu?
Tomato flu would cause:
- Round, red rashesevoking the shape of tomatoes, very irritating and painful on the feet, hands and mouth
- A high fever
- Joint pain (swollen and painful joints)
- Des nausea and vomiting
- High dehydration
- Great fatigue
- Sometimes stomach cramps
- One diarrhea
- A cough
- In some cases, the color of the legs and hands may change.
These symptoms are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya, but also of the foot-and-mouth syndrome and monkeypoxreport health professionals toIndian Express and India Today.
How Many Cases of Tomato Flu in India?
May 6, 2022, 82 infants were reportedly infected with the tomato flu virus according to the Indian press. Health authorities are quick to respond to the outbreak. In this context, the districts of the border cities of Karnataka have been placed on high alert and mandatory screening allegedly organized in Tamil Nadu, with children under the age of 5 entering the state. In the state of Kerala, local authorities have reportedly taken action the cleaning of water bodies and would have called on the public to be more vigilant about personal hygiene and living space sanitation to control the spread of the virus. In addition, the Indian Ministry of Health would communicate on this subject and report regularly on the spread of the disease.
What is the mode of transmission of tomato flu?
The tomato flu would be transmitted by direct contact between infected children. The infected person must be placed in isolation so as not to risk contaminating other people. “It is not a deadly diseasebut it is contagious and can spread from person to person, although the true ways of spreading the infection are still being studied.“According to Dr. Subhash Chandra, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Amrita Hospital, Kochi, relayed by India Today Media.
Is tomato disease contagious?
Yes. Tomato flu is a contagious disease that is transmitted through direct contact. This virus is more common in school children due to poor hygiene and frequent putting of the hands in the mouth. “Infectious agents could remain in a child’s body for several weeks after the infection has gone away, making them favorable carriers.“says the Narayana Health sitea large network of Indian hospitals.
There is no cure for tomato flu
What is the treatment to cure tomato flu?
At the moment, there is no cure for tomato flu. No vaccine to protect against it. The treatment remains symptomatic, as for the foot-hand-mouth, depending on the needs of the child (antipyretics and painkillers). Tomato flu is a spontaneously resolving infectious disease because the signs and symptoms go away after a few days. “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“Changes, utensils, clothing and other items used by infected people need to be disinfected to prevent viral spread.
Sources: India Today / Public Health Foundation of India (PFHI) / Indian Express