A Vital and Vast Spread of Virus: Tomato Fever


Vassco Brutge*

A new virus known as tomato flu, or tomato fever, has developed in India in the state of Kerala in children under the age of five, at the same time as we are dealing with the potential appearance of the fourth wave of COVID-19. Due to the horrific COVID-19 pandemic, watchful management is preferred to stop additional outbreaks of the uncommon viral illness, which is in an endemic condition and is not thought to be life-threatening.

Although the symptoms of the tomato flu virus resemble those of COVID-19 (both are initially characterised by fever, exhaustion, and body aches and some COVID-19 patients also report skin rashes), the virus is unrelated to SARS-CoV-2. Tomato flu may not actually be a viral illness in children, but rather a complication of dengue or chikungunya fever. The virus may possibly represent a novel strain of the viral hand, foot, and mouth disease, a prevalent infectious illness that mostly affects children and people with impaired immune systems. In some cases, immune resistant children will also see this condition due to more activeness of virus. Since tomato flu is a self-limiting condition, no particular medication is available to treat it.