The Health Museum presents "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World" opening day
At "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World," visitors will be able to take an up close and intricate look at pandemic risks in the 21st century, zoonotic emerging infectious diseases, and get a glimpse at how three outbreaks dramatically affected the Greater Houston region since the 1920s. The new traveling exhibition brings a one-of-a-kind experience that uncovers answers to these common questions regarding the risks and potential rapid spread of pandemic outbreaks: Why do pathogens emerge where they do? How do they spill over from animals to people? What can individuals and communities do to prevent the next outbreak?
Created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., "Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World" will be on display at The Health Museum through May 2020. The locally-curated epidemics that will be featured in the “Close to Home” section of Outbreak include the plague in Galveston in the 1920s, Polio in the 1950s, and HIV in the 1980s.