|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 Pox - Syphilis (Treponema pallidum)
|Name||Named after the character Syphilus from the Italian novel, “Syphilis sive Morbus Gallicus”, written in 1530. Syphilus was a shepherd who offended Apollo, resulting in Apollo cursing people with syphilis disease.|
|Actual Size||0.18 micrometers thick and 20 micrometers long. That’s about 10 thousand times smaller than a string of spaghetti!|
|Where It Lives||Syphilis is caused by spiral-shaped bacteria called Treponema pallidum. It can be passed from person-to-person during unprotected sex, or from pregnant mothers to their babies.|
|Symptoms||Causes ulcers around the infection site, known as chancres (pronounced shankers). If left untreated, it can spread through the body causing rash, joint pain, inflammation, and fatigue. In rare cases, it can spread to the brain and heart years after the initial infection causing fatalities.|
|Cure||Antibiotic injections with penicillin or doxycycline.|
|History||1905: German scientists Fitz Schaudinn and Erich Hoffman were the first to identify the bacteria.
1494: The first recorded outbreak happened among the French troops during an invasion of Naples, Italy.
2008: Syphilis spreads rapidly among men who have sex with men and continues to rise.
|Fascinating Facts||1932 – 1972: The Tuskeegee Experiment withheld effective treatment to nearly 400 study participants with Syphilis based on their race so that researchers could observe the natural progression of the disease when left untreated. In light of this event, President Eisenhower signed the National Research Act into law to protect human rights during research experiments.
Famous people who died of it:
Good or bad, rich or poor, old or young, Syphilis knows no boundaries. Historical figures of all shapes and sizes fell victim to this disease—from creative cats like Ludwig van Beethoven, Edouard Manet and Charles Baudelaire, to powerful leaders like Henry VIII and Adolf Hitler, and even an infamous thug like Al Capone.