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Could Disease X be London's next epidemic? 100 years on from the 'Spanish flu', explore London's history with diseases.
One hundred years after the outbreak of the deadliest wave of ‘Spanish Flu’, an epidemic that killed at least fifty million people, Disease X looks to the future for the next unknown lethal disease, and explores the deadly epidemics of past centuries.
This year, the World Health Organisation declared an unknown pathogen (micro-organism causing disease), known as ‘Disease X’, one of the great potential risks to life and a top priority for research. The next international health crisis may be caused by something unknown to doctors and with no known cure.
Notable objects from the display include:
Smallpox infant: The skeleton of a 9 month old who died of smallpox
Queen Victoria’s mourning dress: The dress worn whilst the Queen mourned her grandson and second in line to the throne, Prince Albert Victor.
The new display uses the museum’s collections to show the effect of historic epidemics on London and how we might learn from the past, including past successes such as the eradication of smallpox and cholera.