|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 Chlamydia (Chlamydia trachomatis)
|Name||Its name comes from the Greek words “khlamydos”, meaning cloak, and “trakhoma”, meaning rough. These words together describe the rough scarring caused by this infection.|
|Actual Size||These microbes range from 0.2 to 1 micrometer. That’s 250 thousand times smaller than a golf ball!|
|Where It Lives||Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease seen in the U.S. that can infect eyes and genitals. It’s caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis and is passed from person-to-person during unprotected sex.|
|Symptoms||People with chlamydia usually experience a painful, burning sensation while urinating. It also causes swelling, bleeding, and unusual discharge from the genital area. If left untreated, it can cause future pregnancy complications in women. C. trachomatis can also infect the eyes, causing swelling and scarring that can lead to blindness.|
|Cure||Antibiotic treatment with doxycycline or azithromycin|
|History||Although the disease had been well-known for centuries, the bacterial agent was only first discovered by Austrian scientist Stanislaus von Prowazek and German scientist Ludwig Halberstadter in 1907.
Chlamydia has been a prevalent global disease since ancient Egyptian times, as early as 15 BC!
2015: An outbreak was reported at a Texas High School where at least 20 high school students were infected.
|Fascinating Facts||Chlamydia infection can often be mistaken for gonorrhea because the symptoms are so similar. That’s why hospitals usually test for both at the same time.
Famous people who died of it:
Fortunately Chlamydia isn’t a disease people usually die from, but you can catch it more than once. According to his doctors, President John F. Kennedy was regularly treated for chlamydia throughout his life!