What do pigs and humans have in common besides some 20,000 genes? We both get the flu!
Only sometimes pigs get a particularly nasty strain of flu - Influenza a virus H1N1 which on occasion, due to these similarities can also infect humans. The result is a very snotty and exhausting flu which can last for several weeks. There are serious health concerns regarding this virus making the species leap from pigs to humans as it represents a whole new challenge that human immune systems have not previously encountered. This can create real health concerns for those that have compromised immune systems such as the elderly and the young. Fortunately most people can overcome this virus with the same simple recommendations doctors make for people with the human specific flu virus.
Giant Microbes make excellent teaching aids as they assist students to develop an understanding of biology while taking a fun, hands on approach but without the bacon.
Not for children under three years of age as parts may dislodge and become a choking hazard.
Swine Flu is 130mm high, 90mm wide and 70mm thick, made of bright pink medium pile polyester plush with polyester filling, plastic eyes and embroidered spots where the nostrils would be if it was a pig's head.