|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 Toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma gondii)
FACTS: Toxoplasmosis is an extremely common parasitic disease caused by the toxoplasma gondii protozoan. Large percentages of the world’s population are infected!
One of the most common food-borne illnesses, toxoplasmosis can be acquired by eating undercooked meat (particularly lamb and pork), or underwashed fruits and vegetables. But toxoplasmosis is typically associated with cats as cats are the primary host for the reproductive stage of the parasite.
T. gondii oocysts (egg-like forms) mature in the bowels of infected cats. After they are expelled, they can be acquired by almost any warm-blooded animal, as well as humans. Cats commonly contract their infections after catching small warm-blooded animals such as mice and birds which have previously caught the parasite – and the cycle continues.
In most cases, T. gondii infections produce either no symptoms or common flu-like symptoms; many people never know that they’ve gotten one. However, toxoplasmosis can be dangerous for those with impaired immune systems. And T. gondii infections are of particular concern to pregnant women who have not been previously infected (and therefore acquired immunity) as complications ranging from premature births to congenital defects can result.
So if you’re at risk, don’t play cat-and-mouse with T. gondii: reduce the risk of infection by keeping cats indoors, feeding them processed, commercial food – and avoiding litter boxes. And don’t give toxoplasmosis a chance to pounce.