Super-Bugs are soft-toy germs that look
just like the real thing only a million
times larger and a thousand
times cuter! They're humorous,
educational and great fun.
They make great training
Ice-Breakers and as leads into discussing
Hygiene issues in
Schools, Colleges, Care-Homes and the workplace.
“wheel” virus in Latin, after
its microscopic appearance) is
one of the most common viral
infections among young children.
Indeed, nearly all children are
thought to have had the disease
at least once by the time they
are 5 years old. Its signature
symptom is severe diarrhoea,
often accompanied by fever and
nausea – and it is often called
“stomach flu” (though it is not
related to the flu virus).
It is spread orally and via
faecal matter, typically
distributed via changing tables
or poorly washed hands.
Although it normally causes
symptoms for 3-10 days, it can
remain contagious for up to 12
days after the onset of
diarrhoea. As a result, it is
often transmitted in child-care
settings, when children return
prematurely after experiencing a
bout with the disease.
Dehydration is the primary
danger that sufferers face; low
energy, dry mouths, and sunken
eyes are signs that dehydration
is becoming severe. (In infants,
sunken soft spots and dry
diapers are also indicative.) In
such cases, hospitalisation is
required, so that fluids can be
Bishop discovered the rotavirus
from her work at a children’s
hospital in Australia.