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Composite micrographs of viruses and bacteria that could pose threats to world health.
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Pestilence

    One of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation, Pestilence has menaced humankind from the beginning.  Moderns assume that medical science can deal with any such threat but, even today, there is no cure for yellow fever, Ebola, Marburg, smallpox, West Nile, polio, equine encephalitis, herpes, or SARS.  Though supportive medical treatment can improve the odds of survival in some cases, there is very little surge capacity in our medical establishment to handle a major outbreak.  In the absence of any treatment, mortality rates soar as high as 90-95% for Ebola, inhalation anthrax, and pneumonic bubonic plague; 70% for SARS and yellow fever.  New and deadly diseases may evolve anywhere in the world.  Today's globe-trotting culture guarantees that, if loosed into the population in one location, it will be spread in a matter of hours to the rest of the world.

    This project presents a series of portraits (a rogues gallery, if you like) of these viruses and bacteria constructed in PhotoShop from photomicrograph details taken by (and appropriated from) the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  Prints are 15"x15" unless otherwise noted.
Ebola



Smallpox



HIV



Yellow Fever



SARS



Anthrax



Marburg



Plague



Herpes



West Nile



Polio



Equine Encephalitis



Cholera



Bunyamwera Virus



Giardia, 40x40in




Gonorrhea




Hepatitis B




Human Corona Virus




Rabies, 40x40in




Rift Valley Fever




Unidentified Wild Stream Microorganism 1




Lyme Disease, 40x40in




Unidentified Wild Stream Microorganism 2




Unidentified Wild Stream Microorganism 3




La Crosse Encephalitis, 40x40in.




Swine Flu H1N1




California Encephalitis




Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, 40x40in.



Staphylococcus, 40x40in.




Staphylococcus, Actual Print Size Detail