Children under the age of 5 are most affected by the new outbreak in Kollam district of Kerala. Named as Tomato Fever, the virus is endemic in Aryankavu, Anchal and Neduvathoor in Kollam district.
So far more than 80 children have been diagnosed with tomato fever and are being treated in hospitals. It is feared that this number may increase further.
Surveillance activities have been intensified in the border areas of Kerala to prevent the spread of the flu into Tamil Nadu. Specialized medical teams have been set up to examine children, especially those under 5 years of age.
Special testing centers have also been set up at Anganwadis to examine children and a team of 24 people has been deployed. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
It is also known as tomato fever because of the appearance of red blisters on the body of children suffering from tomato fever.
Children suffering from tomato fever may experience severe fever, psoriasis, skin irritation, skin discoloration of the hands and feet, blisters, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, cough, sneezing, fatigue and body aches.
Health officials said children should see a doctor immediately if they have any of these tomato fever symptoms.