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Lene Münch – The Island of Riems

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There is a certain place known as the ‘Island of Diseases’, the ‘Island of Viruses’, or even the ‘Mad Island’ if you will. Regardless of its many titles it is officially called the Island of Riems. 

For about 100 years the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) has been situated on this small island in the Baltic Sea. Behind two and a half meter high barbed wire fences, very well isolated from the outside world, highly contagious animal diseases are researched. Mad cow disease, bird flu and hoof-and-mouth disease are the better-known pathogens out of the many more strains of blight studied on this island.

In 2010, Berlin photographer Lene Münch got access to this secret world.



Written by wernerengelen

March 9, 2013 at 8:12 pm

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