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Causes of Tomato Fever

Discover the factors and reasons behind tomato fever, a term often used to describe foodborne illnesses associated with tomatoes.

  • 17 Oct 2023
  • 3 min read

Have you ever heard of "tomato fever" - a new and rare viral disease closely related to hand, foot, and mouth disease? While it primarily affects children under 5, it is important for adults to be aware of its symptoms and causes. This highly contagious infection is characterized by round and painful red blisters that can grow to the size of a tomato. Although not life-threatening, it poses a significant risk. Read on to discover the causes of tomato fever and learn how to protect your child from this emerging threat.


How is Tomato Fever Caused?

The precise cause of the tomato virus outbreak is still unknown, but researchers and medical experts are conducting further investigations to look for the cause of the virus causing tomato fever. Some studies have shown that tomato fever causes include:

  • Viruses belonging to the genus enterovirus, most commonly the coxsackievirus, which is highly contagious and can spread infection through close contact and air. It is recommended that infected children are kept away from healthy children as this virus can spread from general practices like touching dirty surfaces, using diapers, and if the child puts objects directly into their mouths infected with the saliva of the patient.
  • Some studies suggest that the causes of tomato fever are attributed to viruses carried by mosquitoes, especially the one that causes chikungunya.
  • Scientists have determined that tomato fever could be the side effect of diseases like dengue or chikungunya, and coxsackievirus could be one of the sources of the fever. However, there is no exact cause known for this fever.

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Although it may seem a little overwhelming to see reports of another new virus causing infection among young children, it is important not to panic but to stay informed! By being vigilant and taking charge, we can ensure early intervention before it becomes a life-threatening situation. Understanding the causes of tomato fever can be our shield against this harmful disease. Also, ensure that you have a health insurance plan in place to safeguard yourself against any financial stress.


Disclaimer: the above blog aims to provide general information about health and related topics. Any information provided in this blog, website or in any linked materials is not intended and should not be considered, or used as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is important that you contact your doctor before starting a new medicine or health regime.

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