|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 Salmonella (Salmonella typhimurium)
|Actual Size||2.5-5.0 micrometers, about 27,620 salmonella bacteria span the length of the iPhone 6.|
|Where It Lives||Raw meats, unpasteurized dairy, other contaminated foods and feces!|
|Commonality||About one million cases occur annually in the United States.|
|Symptoms||Severe diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramps, headache, and fever.|
|Cure||Antibiotics are used in cases with people who have weakened immune systems; most of the time, the body is able to rid itself of the bacteria over the period of a couple weeks.
• Wash your hands and cooking surfaces.
• Be mindful of raw meat, poultry, and seafood. Keep these items separate from other food items.
• Do not undercook food.
• Use your refrigerator and freezer properly!
|Deadliness/Severity||Frequent bathroom trips are not fun.
The Center for Disease Control reports that about 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths occur each year in the U.S.
|Infectiousness||In most cases, symptoms arise after consuming the bacteria.
Salmonella is able to move through the food chain, infecting many different animals before getting to humans.
|History||On July 13, 2015, Barber Foods recalled more than 1.7 million pounds of frozen, stuffed chicken products due to potential salmonella contamination, after at least six people in Minnesota and Wisconsin got sick between April and late June.
In June 2012, 42 people in 20 states were infected by a Salmonella outbreak originating from a peanut processing plant of Sunland, Inc.
|Fascinating Facts||Salmonella has an even greater impact in less developed nations. Worldwide there are an estimated 93.8 million cases of gastrointestinal infections from a Salmonella species causing 155,000 deaths.
The name Salmonella was named after research program leader Dr. Daniel Salmon, but Theobald Smith was the actual discoverer of the disease. After all this time, we actually could have been infected by “Smithella” instead.
Salmonella Dub is the name of a “Drum and Bass” band from New Zealand.
M*A*S*H*, Season 8, Episode 10: “The Yalu Brick Road” features our microbe buddy Sal as one of the main characters of the episode.