karen kasmauski Viruses


In June, 1991, I was given the opportunity to explore the world of viruses for National Geographic magazine. I spent the next year, (with the exception of a four month break to give birth to my second child), looking at how viruses affect humans and the mechanisms through which viruses spread from one carrier to another. In this era of modern transportation when a person can travel around the world in a day, it is critical for us to understand these organisms. To ignore viruses is to risk recurrance of disasters like the flu epidemic of 1918, which wiped out millions of people in a short time, or the more subtle but equally deadly HIV/AIDS virus, which spread unnoticed for years before being identified.

This not a true story-telling essay. It is a collection of some of my favorite pictures from the assignment.

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