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Monday, March 14, 2011

Infection Connection exhibit at Liberty Science Center

Spreading the word about the spread of disease

The Bubonic Plague once wiped out a third of Europe’s population in less than a decade. The "Spanish Flu" Pandemic killed 40 million people in a single year. Could such disasterous diseases ever strike again? The answer is yes, if we are not vigilant. From SARS to AIDS to common 24-hour viruses, controlling the spread of infectious diseases is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today.

At Infection Connection, you’ll come to understand how the choices we make on a daily basis – as individuals and a society – contribute to the rise and fall of infectious diseases. You’ll explore interactions between humans and microbes, learn about emerging diseases and see how science develops tools and technologies to prevent and treat infections. You can even conduct microbiology and epidemiology experiments in our very own laboratory.
And kids, watch out for the giant blue nose! Why? You'll find out! (Yuck! Cover your mouth when you sneeze!) Infection Connection will help keep you and your family healthy all year round.