Tomato flu or tomato fever is characterised by fever, joint discomfort, and red, tomato-like rashes, which are typically present in children under five years of age. Along with this, viral fevers also cause diarrhoea, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue. This was assumed to be a side effect of the dengue and chikungunya viruses, which are frequently encountered in Kerala. But according to current research, enteroviruses like Coxsackievirus A-6 and A-16 are the ones responsible for Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease (HFMD). Click on the “Download PDF” option provided below to know more on-
- What is tomato flu?
- Why is it spreading?
- Which pathogen is currently responsible for it?
- How can disease be prevented?