Missouri University of Science and Technology’s biological sciences department is hosting a public exhibit, “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” now through March 17 in The Centre recreational complex, located at 1200 Holloway St. in Rolla. The exhibit is available for viewing during The Centre’s regular hours of operation.
As part of the exhibit, the center will hold a Children’s Science Day from 2 to 4 p.m. March 16.
The original Outbreak exhibit was designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza epidemic. Smaller versions of the 4,250-square foot exhibition were developed by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Society of for Microbiology. The Smithsonian made the smaller exhibits available to U.S. communities to communicate how infectious viruses can affect human, animal and environmental health and what can be done to keep them from spreading.
“When people move into or change an environment, disease-causing microbes can ‘jump’ from wildlife to humans and cause outbreaks of illnesses that can spread internationally,” explained David Westenberg, associate professor of biological sciences at Missouri S&T and outreach director for the Outbreak exhibit.
Westenberg said that tracking and responding to outbreaks of infectious diseases requires people in many professions to work together. He said the exhibit will show the public how epidemiologists, veterinarians, public health workers and citizens rush to identify and combat the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, influenza, Zika and others.
To learn more about the exhibit, contact Westenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573.341.4798.