Tomato Flu! Return Of The Killer Tomatoes!


Aug 19, 2003
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the allotment!

Tomato flu outbreak in India spreads to two more states​

New viral infection detected in dozens of children in Kerala, and now also in Tamil Nadu and Odisha

Amrit Dhillon in Delhi Tue 23 Aug 2022 10.17 BST

An outbreak of a new viral infection referred to as tomato flu that was first detected in children in the southern Indian state of Kerala in May has spread to two other states.

According to an article in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 82 children aged under five had been diagnosed with the virus in Kerala as of 26 July.

Cases have now been reported in neighbouring Tamil Nadu state and in Odisha in the east, where children as old as nine have been infected, even though the virus usually affects under-fives.

Scientists are still trying to identify exactly what this virus is. It has been referred to as tomato flu because of the painful red blisters it produces on the body, and it is very contagious. Children are particularly vulnerable because it spreads easily through close contact, such as via nappies, touching unclean surfaces or putting things in mouths.