The exciting traveling exhibition Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World brings to Houston a one-of-a-kind experience that uncovers answers to the common questions regarding the risks and potential rapid spread of pandemic outbreaks: Why do pathogens emerge where they do? How do they spill over from animals to people? What can individuals and communities do to prevent the next outbreak? Visitors to the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science in Houston are able to take an up close and intricate look at pandemic risks in the 21st century, zoonotic emerging infectious diseases, and get a glimpse at how three outbreaks dramatically affected the Greater Houston region since the 1920s.Created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World will be on display at The Health Museum through May 2021. The locally curated epidemics that will be featured in the “Close to Home” section of Outbreak include the plague in Galveston in the 1920s, Polio in the 1950s and HIV in the 1980s. A bilingual experience in English and Spanish, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World brings to life how communities around the world actively respond to these emergency scenarios. A mockup of a real-life pandemic response – a complete field mockup with mannequins in field suits and staging –serves as the dramatic entrance to the very real world of life-threatening potential outbreaks. Through Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World The Health Museum gives visitors a better understanding of the ecological relationships of our rapidly-changing planet and inspire them to become informed planet-savvy citizens. Additional seasonal and educational programming will be incorporated into Outbreak during its time in Houston. For more information about Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World please visit https://www.thehealthmuseum.org/exhibit/outbreak-epidemics-connected-world.