Lack Of Information On ‘Tomato Flu’ Is Concerning| Say, Experts

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : August 25, 2022

It’s already estimated that there will be over 6 million cases of ‘tomato flu’ this winter, but are government health officials doing enough to inform people about the signs and symptoms of this new strain of the flu? 

Experts in the field say not nearly enough, with many people still unaware of how serious the illness can be for some individuals. The more we learn about ‘tomato flu’, the more concerned we should become, experts warn…

Is Tomato Flu a Serious Issue To Be Concerned About?

Tomato Flu is a disease that is caused by a virus. The symptoms are similar to dengue fever and the Chikungunya virus. There is no cure for Tomato Flu and it is a serious health concern. 

The CDC does not recommend any travel restrictions due to the risk of contracting the disease in the US, but there has been an increase in reported cases internationally. 

Lack Of Information On 'Tomato Flu' Is Concerning| Say, Experts

Experts believe that only about 10% of people infected with Tomato Flu will show symptoms and so it may not be easy to detect if someone has been infected. 

In warmer climates where mosquito activity is high, travelers should protect themselves using insect repellent and long sleeves/pants.


Tomato flu is a relatively new disease that was first identified in 2014. The symptoms include small grape-like blisters that can actually grow as big as tomatoes and red like tomatoes. 

The disease is caused by a virus and there is no cure. Tomato flu is highly contagious and can be deadly. The symptoms usually occur within two to three days of the virus’ exposure, and early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. 

In the event that you think you may have come down with the tomato flu, see your doctor at once.

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What can I do about it?

If you’re concerned about the lack of information on ‘Tomato Flu’, there are a few things you can do. 

  • First, talk to your doctor and tell them your concerns. 
  • Second, reach out to the Department of Health and Social Services by phone or email. 
  • Finally, share this blog post with friends and family. The more people who know about the lack of information on ‘Tomato Flu’, the more pressure we put on government officials to release more details.

Does tomato flu spread?

Concerns have been raised over the lack of information available on ‘Tomato Flu’, with experts saying that the virus appears to be mild and goes away on its own. 

However, there is still an inadequate comprehension of how the virus is spread and how severe it can be. This absence of knowledge is concerning, that people may not be taking the necessary precautions to avoid contracting the virus. 

Tomato Flu is a viral infection that causes mild respiratory symptoms, such as a runny nose and coughing. It is thought to be spread through contact with infected respiratory secretions, such as saliva or mucus. 

The virus is most commonly seen in children and adults under the age of 40. Symptoms typically last for around a week and most people recover without any complications.

Are tomato fever and chickenpox the same?

Concerns have been raised over the lack of information available on ‘Tomato Fever, with experts saying that the blisters associated with the condition are often confused with chickenpox

Tomato Fever is a viral infection that is spread through contact with contaminated surfaces and can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can be deadly in some cases, particularly for young children and the elderly. 

While there is no specific treatment for Tomato Fever, early diagnosis and treatment of symptoms can help to improve outcomes. There is currently no vaccine available for the condition.

How long does it last?

Symptoms of the Tomato Flu can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. The virus is most commonly spread through contact with contaminated surfaces, such as doorknobs or countertops. 

It can also be spread through contact with infected people, such as shaking hands or sharing utensils. The incubation period for the virus is thought to be around two days. This means that someone could be infected and not show any symptoms for up to two days.


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Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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