|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 40-60cm
XL (XL) 25-38cm
Original (PD) 12-20cm
Minis (MM) 5-10cm each
Keychain (KC) 5-10cm with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about Brain-Eating Amoeba (Naegleria fowleri) Petri Dish
|Name||Named after the Australian physician who first discovered it.|
|Actual Size||8 to 15 micrometers, about 10 times smaller than a strand of hair!|
|Where It Lives||Naegleria fowleri is a single-celled organism that causes a rare disease called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM. It naturally lives freely in warm, fresh waters like lakes, rivers, and hot springs, feeding on bacteria. It infects humans by entering the nose while swimming and traveling to the brain, causing a fatal brain infection.|
|Symptoms||Severe headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, seizures, and hallucinations|
|Cure||Investigational drugs are available, but this infection has a 99% fatality rate.|
|History||1965: Discovered by Drs. Malcom Fowler and Rod Carter who were pathologists at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in Australia.
There have only been 121 cases reported in the U.S. from 1937 to 2007.
2015: Three fatal cases reported in California, Oklahoma, and Texas
|Fascinating Facts||This amoeba can survive in temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s as hot as the Mojave Desert in the summer! Fortunately, it’s not found in chlorinated or salt water, like swimming pools and the ocean.
2013: Twelve year old Kali Hardig from Arkansas became the third person in history to survive this kind of infection.