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Tomato Flu Outbreak in Southern Parts of India

Published on May 13, 2022
Current Context: Tomato flu is a viral disease that causes red rashes, skin irritation, and dehydration. This unknown viral fever created panic not only in Kerala’s Kollam district but also in other states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, etc.
Tomato Flu Outbreak in Southern Parts of India
  • In Kerala, it was detected in 80 children, all less than five years of age. so the government decided to form a 24-member team to oversee the screening of all the Anganwadi centers and release a proper notification to contain the disease.
  • The children who got affected by this disease have seen different kinds of symptoms like abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, and discoloration of the hands, knees, and buttocks.
  • Since Tomato flu is contagious, there is a need to avoid close contact with the infected person.
  • Due to the rapid increase in the cases, the Tamil Nadu government had already issued an alert and a medical team is carrying out tests of those entering Coimbatore for fever, rashes, and other illnesses and strict measures were following on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border.
  • As of now, doctors are advising to maintain cleanliness hygiene and proper hydration.
  • If any one of the symptoms appears in children parents should immediately consult a doctor.
  • Parents will make sure that infected children should avoid scratching rashes or blisters as it will only make it worse.

Question: 

Q.1 Tomato Flu is what kind of disease?
a. Bacteria
b. Viral
c. Fungi
d. Parasite
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