The Health Museum
1515 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX 77004
9:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
Museums | Sights
Infectious diseases, new ones emerging, resistant bacteria. What does it all mean? Disease Detectives puts the spotlight on how infectious diseases are transmitted and diagnosed.
Designed to create a better understanding about infectious disease and prevention for both children and adults, visitors learn about how illness or infections spread, ways to stop it, and the different types of germs that cause it. Interactive stations in this exhibit include:
But We're Not Sick!
Predict the Flu
3D Giant Microbes
The exhibit begins with a timeline that covers more than 200 years, Infectious Disease Through Time traces tuberculosis, small pox, HIV/AIDs and the roles they play in human history. There are also microbes that give visitors a chance to touch and explore the microscopic bad guys that make people sick.When visiting the Airborne Area, meet “Marcus.” After some international travel, he’s not feeling so well. Be a disease detective and solve the “Case of the World Traveler Blues.” Through this ‘lab investigation’ guests get the 4-1-1 on how viruses change and spread. Learn about the proper way to sneeze and cough, follow a flu strain and get the facts and myths about airborne infections.Finally, in the Vector-borne Area, there’s “Yolanda.” After working for several years in the U.S., she has just returned home to West Africa to visit family, but she is really sick. It’s another case, the “Case of the Unwelcome Visitor.” After checking her vitals, it’s back to the lab for some real investigating. Step one, start with the vectors! What is vector? A vector is an organism that does not cause disease itself but can spread infection by transmitting them from one host to another…like a mosquito! Find out more about vector-borne infections such as malaria and West Nile Virus, and simple preventions that can save many lives.Visitors of all ages can examine all three ‘patients.’ And see the differences in illnesses spreading by food, water, air and bugs and the importance of washing hands, safe food-handling and cooking guidelines.
Disease Detectives also provides facts on current and historical disease news. Linked to the Science Buzz online community, Infectious Disease in the News, shows current updates on outbreaks and medical advances. Our Bodies Play Killer Defense explores the tools our bodies use to protect us from invisible invaders.
Disease Detectives was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. This exhibit was made possible by a Science Education partnership Award (SEPA) award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.*Exhibit dates subject to change