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What Is Tomato Flu? - Symptoms, Causes And More About This Virus

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A new, highly infectious virus called "tomato virus or tomato flu" is infecting children in India, India's Health Ministry said this week.

The name of the infection comes from the "eruption of painful and red skin blisters that slowly grow until they are the size of tomato,"

According to an article published last week in the British Medical Journal Lancet.

The blisters look like those in young patients suffering from monkeypox. The illness is believed to be transmitted through close contact. 

Still, it is not considered life-threatening; it may be an ailment resulting from the dengue or chikungunya virus instead of a viral infection.

Its most common symptoms are an increase in fever, rashes and intense joint pain similar to Chikungunya. 

Other symptoms include nausea, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, and the common flu-like symptoms similar to dengue-like. 

While covid-19 and tomato flu share similar symptoms but the virus that triggers the disease isn't associated with coronavirus.