Pneumonia can take your breath away.
Pneumonia is not a specific disease; its symptoms are inflammation of air sacs, along with excess fluid in your lungs which makes breathing very difficult. It can occur on its own or as a complication of other conditions. This Giant Microbe is based on Streptococcus pneumoniae, one of over 80 bacteria that can be responsible (other causes include viruses, fungi, parasites and physical trauma). Vaccination is available, but Giant Microbes are more fun! Unfortunately Giant Microbes don't provide immunity, but they do tend to make you feel better.
Giant Microbes also make excellent teaching aids as they assist students to develop an understanding of biology while taking a fun, hands on approach.
Not for children under three years of age as parts may dislodge and become a choking hazard.
Pneumonia is 120mm high, 75mm wide and 70mm thick, made of pinkish fawn medium-pile polyester plush with polyester filling and plastic eyes.