|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 Food Poisoning (Bacillus cereus)
|Name||This microbe was placed under the Bacillus genus because of its rod shape and its ability to form spores. Cereus is the Latin root word for “wax”, which describes the waxy appearance of its colonies on agar plates.|
|Actual Size||1 x 3 micrometers|
|Where It Lives||Bacillus cereus is a bacteria commonly found in soil. It causes food poisoning when people eat contaminated foods like meats, sauces, soups, or vegetables that haven’t been stored properly. They multiply quickly and produce toxins that cause diarrhea and vomiting. The FDA recommends that everyone B. cereus when it comes to proper food handling!|
|Symptoms||Symptoms include stomach ache, vomiting, and diarrhea that starts within 8 hours of eating contaminated food, and lasts for about 24 hours.|
|Cure||Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. This disease is usually self-limiting, which means the immune system can fight it off within a day.|
|History||First discovered in 1880
1950: several outbreaks occurred all over Europe from contaminated meats, vegetables, and dairy products.
Since 1990, it’s become the most common microbe associated with foodborne illness.
|Fascinating Facts||This microbe is closely related to the bioterrorism agent, Bacillus anthracis, or anthrax!|