Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World


When people move into or change an environment, microbes that cause illness can “jump” from wildlife to humans and cause disease outbreaks that can spread internationally.

Tracking down and responding to these outbreaks requires coordinated detective work from people in many professions. This 4,250-square-foot exhibition invites you to join epidemiologists, veterinarians, public health workers, and citizens as they rush to identify and respond to infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola virus, influenza, Zika virus, and others.

Outbreak is at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (second floor) until 2021. naturalhistory.si.edu.

Visit the Smithsonian Blog post about coronavirus at smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/02/14/one-health-could-prevent-next-coronavirus-outbreak/.