Giant Microbe Smallpox


Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!

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Smallpox is caused by the variola virus which means “spotted” in Latin. This is because small, raised bumps break out all over the faces and bodies of those affected.

The first phase of infection causes high fevers and body aches. After a few days, it progresses to a rash of small red spots on the tongue and mouth of the victim. After a week, this small rash escalates to full blown sores on the face, arms, legs, and eventually hands and feet. Then these sores scab over if the infected person has survived for that long.

Edward Jenner noticed that milkmaids infected with cowpox were asymptomatic to smallpox. Dr. Jenner took material from a cowpox sore and inoculated it into his gardener’s son, James Phipps’ arm. Months later, Jenner exposed Phipps a number of times to the smallpox virus, but Phipps never developed the disease. This is how the cure to smallpox was created and potentially saved millions of lives.

Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.

Suitable for ages 3+

Measures 18cm in height.


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Additional information

Weight 0.039 kg
Dimensions 14.4 x 12.5 x 5.5 cm


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