A Visual History Of The World's Tropical Disease Paranoia

August 5, 2014 1:03 PM

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A Visual History Of The World's Tropical Disease Paranoia

Tropical diseases have mystified and terrified humans for centuries, inducing cross-continental paranoia at even the thought of a mosquito bite. While the very recent and devastating ebola outbreak in West Africa has brought global health fears to new heights, a new exhibition at Lisbon, Portugal's Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical is proving the world has a rather colorful record of publicly campaigning against the ailments that terrorize populations across the globe.

"Picturing Tropical Diseases" outlines a visual history of health campaigns targeted at malaria, leprosy, Guinea worm disease, kala azar, sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, river blindness, tropical disease vectors and more. Gathering together images archived by institutions like the World Health Or...

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