New Delhi: Already dealing with death and hospitalisation of 58 people due to food poisoning, Kerala is now grappling with another disease named Tomato flu.
According to reports, so far, 80 children have been infected with tomato flu and all the cases have been reported from Kollam.
Apart from Kollam, cases have also been reported from Aryankavu, Anchal, and Neduvathur in the southern state.
Meanwhile, in a bid to contain the spread of the flu, a medical team is conducting tests in one of the districts in neighbouring to those entering the Coimbatore for fever, rashes and other illness and symptoms of such flu at Walayar on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border.
Two medical officers are leading the team to check passengers, particularly children and a 24-member team has also been formed to check the children aged below five, in Anganwadi.
Tomata flu is a rare viral disease, which causes red-coloured rashes, skin irritation and dehydration. The disease gets its name from the blisters it causes, which look like tomatoes.
One of the major symptoms is that a child can get blisters the size of tomatoes, which are red in colour. Other symptoms include high fever, body ache, joint swelling and fatigue - much like chikungunya.