Tomato flu or HFMD is curable: GMCH Supdt explained TIME8

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HFMD is common where patients develop ulcers on hands, feet and mouth and that looks similar to ‘tomato flu’
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Guwahati: Are you one of those people who have been bothered by news and updates about this new virus causing the “tomato flu/HFMD” and find them confusing rather than clear?

Well, the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) superintendent Abhijit Sarma exclusively told TIME8 that tomato flu or hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is more or less the same and it’s easily curable.

“In order to prove that a patient is suffering from HFMD, he/she has to undergo an RTPCR test through which genome sequencing is done to detect Coxsackie A virus. Genome sequencing is a huge procedure, but most importantly it’s a self-limiting disease. Thus, there is nothing much to worry about,” said Abhijit Sarma.

According to Sarma, in Assam, HFMD is common where patients develop ulcers on hands, feet and mouth and that looks similar to ‘tomato flu’.

“As of now, GMCH doesn’t have any cases of tomato flu. Whatever the national media is quoting is about HFMD which is a common viral disease. It can be cured with supportive treatment,” added the superintendent of GMCH.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare earlier informed that Tomato Flu was first identified in the Kollam district of Kerala on May 6 and as of July 26; more than 82 children younger than 5 years with the infection have been reported by the local government hospitals.

Notably, in the past month there have been reports stating that over 100 cases of tomato flu have been detected in the state of Assam.

Interestingly, most of the tomato flu or HFMD cases in Assam have been detected in the Dibrugarh district of Assam.

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