What do we need to know about the outbreak of tomato flu? Well first, experts say that it is not life threatening but “highly infectious.”
There appears to be an outbreak in children in India. At least 82 children have been diagnosed with it. It is called “tomato” because symptoms include blisters that are red and can be as big as tomatoes. It has nothing to do with the actual fruit.
Experts say that it is related to hand foot mouth disease. Children are more susceptible to this because, you know, they’re gross. There are no known drugs or vaccines for tomato flu but most cases improve with five to seven days of isolation.
So what do we do to avoid it? We’re back to hand washing! Hopefully we never stopped!