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The permanent exhibition: The storck can spread infectious pathogens that are harmful to humans. In the background an incubator from 1900 (l) and a full bodysuit from the high safety-level lab-4 (r). Photo: Edgar Zippel/RKI
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Museum, Interior: 'Global health' and 'One health' are important topics for the RKI. Photo: Edgar Zippel/RKI
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Mosquitoes and ticks are carriers of various infectious diseases. Photo: Edgar Zippel/RKI
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Museum, interior: The exhibition shows among others how the RKI researches about public health risks and protection measures. In the background one sees the glass cabinet 'Research methods in transition'. Photo: Edgar Zippel/RKI
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In 2011, almost 650 tonnes (t) of antibiotics were used to treat humans, while 1.700 tonnes were used in veterinary medicine, of which, 1.300 were used in livestock production. In 2015, antibiotic use in human medicine increased to 750 t, while being reduced to 850 t in veterinary medicine. Photo: Edgar Zippel/RKI
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'Infection prevention in transtion'. Photo: Edgar Zippel/RKI
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Robert Koch was awarded the Nobel prize in medicine in 1905 for his reaseach on tuberculosis.
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An incubator is a device used to grow and maintain microbiological cultures. This incubator was built according to Robert Koch's ideas.
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Bodysuit from the high safety-level laboratory
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Blow pipe from Ivory Coast. RKI researchers used this for their field work, among other things, to sedate small simians.
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Historical vaccination records
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Robert Koch collected mosquitoes in Rome and Grosseto for his malaria research.
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Monitoring & Surveillance
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The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was identified in 1983. In 2008 Francoise Barreé-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier were awarded the Nobel prize in medicine for this discovery.
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Through the eyes of the microscope
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There was a time when most people didn't really know what made them ill. Only after the discovery of the first infectious agents, it was possible to focus on preventive and therapeutic measures.
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Bacillus anthracis, causative agent of Anthrax

In the 19th century infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria or wound infections were the main cause of death worldwide. The doctor Robert Koch (1843-1910) discovered that these diseases were caused by bacteria. Together with his companions in Berlin, he identified infectious agents and routes of infection, thus paving the way for therapies and preventive measures. In 1891, Koch became director of the newly founded Royal Prussian Institute for Infectious Diseases, now the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). In 1905 he received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in recognition of the discovery of tuberculosis bacilli. Together with Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch is considered a pioneer of microbiology. There has been an exhibition at the RKI since 1910. It was set up after Koch's death, presented only pieces from the scientific legacy of the founder of the institute and was little changed for decades. In 2017, the museum was redesigned and expanded in cooperation with the Berlin Museum of Natural History: The historical exhibits are displayed on 180 square meters and at the same time the current working context is addressed. You can learn how the scientific image of health and illness has changed and how important Koch's and his students' ideas still are. The mausoleum of Robert Koch is also open to museum visitors.

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