As our population grows, humans interact with animals and the environment in new ways that can cause infectious disease epidemics. Tulane University prides itself on being on the front lines of both research and defense against these outbreaks – it is the foundation upon which the university was built.
Why do infectious diseases emerge where they do? What makes them spread so quickly? Where do we look for the next one?
Around the world, people are working together to stop outbreaks – sometimes before they even start.
This exhibition is part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Outbreak project, which convenes global partners to raise awareness of the human, animal and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease epidemics.