The symptoms of "tomato influenza" are similar to those of monkeypox. In India, 80 cases of "tomato flu" have been reported since May 6. Infected people will develop itchy, round, and red blisters on their hands, feet, mouth, and hands. These rashes may be mistaken for "monkeypox".
"Tomato fever" is a virus that originated in Kerala, a state with a high population located in the southwestern part of India. India Today reports that the virus is currently without a known cause. It is not life-threatening, but it can be contagious and spread from person to person," stated Dr. Subhash Chandra (assistant professor of internal medicine at The Institute of Medical Sciences). Amrita, Kochi.
Surprisingly, many virologists deny that they have heard of this infection via TF1info. Professor Antoine Flahault of the Geneva Institute of Global Health, Switzerland confirms that this is an endemic condition in Kerala. He says it has not been spread to other parts of India.
Other than rashes, sufferers may also experience nausea, diarrhea and high fever. The Indian Express reports that sometimes the color of the hands and legs can change.
This virus is also known to affect children younger than 5. Supportive care should be given if symptoms do not resolve within 8-10 days. Dr. Subhash Chandra says that patients with tomato fever should consume plenty of fluids and stay in bed to rest. This will ensure that the body is well hydrated. The flu can cause blisters in children so they should not scratch them.