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Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World




Why do infectious diseases emerge where they do?

What makes them spread so quickly?

Where do we look for the next one?


Our planet is connected more than ever before: by global travel, trade, technology, and even our viruses. Join us in learning how people fight epidemics - even before they start! You’ll explore the connections between human, animal, and environmental health, dive into case studies and personal experiences from epidemic-fighters from around the globe, discover how outbreaks have affected the Greater Houston Area, and engage in games that challenge you to identify and contain an outbreak.


The Smithsonian Institution exhibit Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World opened at The Health Museum on October 5.


Take a virtual tour through the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibit, courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. 

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About the Biohazard Symbol

The international biohazard symbol was developed by Dow Chemical Company in the 1960s to label biological substances that pose a threat to the health of humans and other living organisms.


Together, we hope to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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In Case You Missed It...

You can watch the March 14 Coffee and Conversations live stream event below. 



Also, tune in below as Senior Director of Guest Services, Becky Seabrook talks with Dr. Scott Weaver and Dr. Heather Wooten to discuss the history of pandemics and what it means for our future.


Other Exhibits


The Health Museum presents GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes - a diverse collection of historic, peculiar, and all-around amazing bikes as well as science stations that explore energy, forces and motion, engineering, and material science.


All of Houston's food stories start with farmers. In this photo-documentary, photographer Amy Scott takes viewers on a visual journey of what it takes to feed over 2.4 million people in Houston, the 4th largest city in the US.


You don’t need to be a scientist to enter, but you’ll feel like one when you leave! Gear up with a lab coat, gloves, and goggles and travel through experiment stations designed to bilingually introduce biology-based science to the public and inspire future scientists and leaders in the medical field.