What is ‘tomato flu’ and why has the Centre issued an advisory for it?

News 25.08.2022

In the article ‘Tomato flu outbreak in India’, published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal on August 17, the authors define the infection as a “new virus” that has emerged in Kerala in children younger than five years. The report, however, also claims it to be in an endemic state. Epidemiologists use the term endemic to refer to a disease which has spread in a limited area but has been around for some time. The report attempts to trace the history of the infection and claims that ‘tomato flu’ was first identified in the Kollam district of Kerala on May 6 this year. However, a study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in its Immunity, Inflammation and Disease journal in July says that cases of ‘tomato fever’ have been reported in the past in 2007. (Read More)

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