"Tomato flu": "There's no need to worry," reassures infectiologist Benjamin Rossi

“Tomato flu”: “There’s no need to worry,” reassures infectiologist Benjamin Rossi

After more than two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in the midst of the emergence of smallpox, a third virus has appeared: the “tomato flu”. Since the beginning of May, more than 80 cases have been spotted in India. This disease, which affects children and gets its name from the painful red, round blisters it causes on the hands, feet, and mouth, is not fatal. “but she’s contagious”warn Indian doctors.

For Dr. Benjamin Rossi, an infectiologist at Robert Ballanger Hospital (Aulnay-sous-Bois), there is no reason to ring the alarm. “It’s like a Coxsackie, a benign, childhood virus that causes foot-and-mouth syndrome.”he reassures TF1info. “It could be a virus in this family”located in India.

Because according to Prof. Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute of Global Health in Geneva (Switzerland), this virus is “an endemic disease of the Indian state of Kerala”, he explains to us. “As far as I know, he has not left the Indian subcontinent.”


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