3eme C visit the Museum of Medical Sciences to find out about epidemics

As part of their interdisciplinary practical class on epidemics and to demonstrate more about micro sciences, 3eme C went to the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences with their physics, chemistry and life science teachers.

The museum building was constructed in 1906 and was home to Hong Kong’s top bacteriological laboratory. Students found themselves in a laboratory from the beginning of the 20th century and they were submerged in the 1900s. At that time the bubonic plague was ravaging Hong Kong and then spread to most of the world. It was in Hong Kong in 1894 that Alexandre Yersin from the Pasteur Institute isolated the plague bacterium.

A tour of the other rooms in the museum helped raise the students’ awareness about the international programme fighting against epidemics (vaccination, prevention and hygiene rules, research). A room there is also dedicated to the SARS epidemic of 2003.

In the end, several students chose to use this interdisciplinary practical class for their Brevet oral test.