New Smithsonian exhibit explores pandemics and infectious diseases

WASHINGTON (Circa) – The new Smithsonian exhibit called “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” will explore the ecology of epidemics.

In particular, how pathogens might move from nature and wildlife to humans and tracking those outbreaks over a period of time.
The exhibit opens nearly 100 years after the Great Influenza pandemic, which took the lives of roughly 3 and 5 percent of the population, according to the Smithsonian.
“Exploring pandemic risks in this ecological context is part of our mission as a museum to understand the natural world and the place of humans within it,” said Kirk Johnson, the Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History in a statement.
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