While monkeypox has a few hundred cases that occur mainly in Europe and North America, another viral disease has been detected in India.
Where does the virus come from?
Cases of « tomato flu Were observed in India in the Kerala and Odisha regions. These two regions are more than 1,500 km apart. Only children under the age of five would be affected so far. However, the disease would not be fatal. The origin of the virus remains unknown.
What are the symptoms?
May be accompanied by fever, joint pain, nausea, cough, and fatigue, the “tomato flu” is mostly characterized by red, very stinging rashes. This feature gave it its name.
The redness is said to be mostly around the hands, feet and mouth, according to the media India Today. The rash looks like blisters and painful. The virus is also highly contagious.
No treatment has been developed so far. In particular, the Indian health authorities have urged all infected and contagious people to isolate themselves. It is also important to stay hydrated due to fever and to prevent blisters from becoming infected, especially by cleaning them.
The location of the redness, however, is strongly reminiscent of “foot-to-mouth”, a common infection in young children that is mild. So far, no cases have been detected outside of India.