Medical experts in India are grappling with the spread of another virus in the country.

 India has reported 82 cases of tomato flu or tomato fever since the virus first emerged in Kerala on May 6, according to the Lancet study that came out on Saturday.

According to the study, a common infectious disease targeting children aged one to five years and immunocompromised adults can also lead to a new form of hand, foot, and mouth disease.

Some case studies have also shown hand, foot, and mouth disease in immunocompromised adults, the study said.

What is tomato flu? Tomato flu was first identified on May 6, 2022, in the Kollam district of Kerala.

The study noted that the tomato flu virus shows symptoms similar to Covid-19, but the virus is not related to SARS-CoV-2. Rather than a viral infection, tomato flu may be an effect of chikungunya or dengue fever in children.

The flu was named after the rash of red, painful blisters all over the body that gradually grow to the size of a tomato.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS? The primary symptoms seen in children with tomato flu are similar to those of chikungunya, including high fever, rash, and severe joint pain.

Some of its symptoms such as body aches, fever, and fatigue are similar to those experienced by COVID-19 patients.

Other symptoms include swollen joints, nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, joint pain, and high fever. In some cases, patients also reported the development of rashes on their skin.