New reports on the outbreak of tomato flu in India were released by medical professionals. Since the virus first appeared in Kerala on May 6, 2022, multiple studies and investigations have confirmed 82 cases of tomato flu or tomato fever. Prior to the emergence of the fourth coronavirus wave, researchers also declared the tomato flu outbreak in India to be an emergency.
In its endemic form, tomato flu is a rare viral infection. After the effects of COVID-19, it is hardly a threat to human life. This tomato flu virus commonly targets young children aged one to five years. Moreover, this virus can also affect immunocompromised adults and aged people. It is considered one of the hand, foot, and mouth disease variants. Hand, foot, and mouth disease may also affect immunocompetent adults, according to some studies.