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Food Poisoning (Bacillus Cereus) GIANTmicrobe Plush

$15.99 CAD

Introducing Food Poisoning (Bacillus Cereus) GIANTmicrobe!

"You are what you eat, even if it's contaminated. So be careful - food poisoning can b. cereus!"

FACTS: Although food poisoning can stem from various sources, Bacillus cereus is a common culprit found in spoiled food, and the resulting indigestion can be quite serious.  There are two primary types of B. cereus-related illness: diarrheal and emetic (vomiting).  While the former can be induced by contaminated foods like milk, meats, and vegetables, the latter is often caused by tainted rice dishes, commonly served in fast-food restaurants.

The problem lies in B. cereus spores, often present in uncooked rice. These heat-resistant spores may survive cooking, especially if the rice is steamed or cooked too quickly.  If improperly stored, B. cereus can multiply rapidly, reaching disease-inducing levels.

The lesson? Thoroughly cook starchy foods, consume them promptly, and refrigerate leftovers immediately to avoid a fortune turning bad in a hurry.

NAME: Bacillus cereus derives its name from its rod shape and spore-forming ability. "Cereus" comes from the Latin word for "wax", describing its colonies' waxy appearance.

ACTUAL SIZE: Approximately 1 x 3 micrometers

WHERE IT LIVES: Found in soil, Bacillus cereus causes food poisoning when ingested through contaminated foods like meats, sauces, and soups.  Rapid multiplication and toxin production lead to symptoms such as stomach ache, vomiting, and diarrhea.

SYMPTOMS: Symptoms typically manifest within 8 hours of consuming contaminated food and may last about 24 hours.

CURE: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.  This disease is usually self-limiting, with the immune system able to fight it off within a day.

HISTORY: Discovered in 1880, Bacillus cereus has been associated with several outbreaks, including widespread cases across Europe in 1950 and an increasing prevalence since 1990.

FASCINATING FACTS: Bacillus cereus is closely related to Bacillus anthracis, the agent responsible for anthrax.

Crafted with premium materials and stuffed with soft polyester fiber fill, our Food Poisoning (Bacillus Cereus) GIANTmicrobe plush serves as both a cuddly companion and an educational tool. Surface washable for easy cleaning, it's compliant with safety standards for ages 3 and up.

Each plush microbe includes a printed card featuring fun, educational, and fascinating facts about Bacillus cereus, enhancing the learning experience for enthusiasts of all ages.

Unravel the mysteries of foodborne illness with our GIANTmicrobes – meticulously crafted to be one million times larger than their real counterparts!

Sizes:

GIANTmicrobes are intricately crafted to be one million times larger than their real-life counterparts, faithfully capturing the unique characteristics of microbes, cells, organisms, and critters in stunning detail!

  • Gigantic (GG): 16-24"
  • XL (XL): 10-15"
  • Original (PD): 5-8"
  • Keychain (KC): 2-4" with clip

    Order your Food Poisoning (Bacillus Cereus) GIANTmicrobe plush today and explore the world of microscopic mischief!