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May 21, 2018

Smithsonian Exhibition Explores the History and Challenges of Fighting Infectious Diseases

On the 100th year anniversary of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic that took the lives of 50-100 million people the new Smithsonian exhibit explores the history and challenges of fighting infectious diseases.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will mark the anniversary with a new exhibition, “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” opening May 18 and remaining on view for three years. From the Nipah virus to SARS and HIV, the exhibit will show how viruses can spread from animals to people, why some outbreaks become epidemics and how people in different disciplines and countries are working together to stop them.

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