The West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitos. With no treatment and no vaccine available for humans prevention is the only option.
About 80% of people who catch West Nile Virus have no symptoms at all. Those who do develop West Nile Fever usually only get flu like symptoms, and may also get skin rashes. But in less than 1%, the virus can invade the brain, spinal cord and surrounding tissues, causing encephalitis and meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, convulsions or even death. West Nile Virus exists in horse wild and domestic birds and is spread by mosquitoes. So avoiding mosquito bites is the best way not to get West Nile Virus, along with many other nasties.
Giant Microbes make excellent teaching aids as they assist students to develop an understanding of biology while taking a fun, hands on approach.
West Nile is 90mm high, 90mm wide and 90mm thick, made of pale golden medium pile polyester plush with polyester filling. The embroidered eyes feature eyebrows and Egyptian style eyeliner feature.
Not for children under three years of age as parts may dislodge and become a choking hazard.