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CDC App Lets You “Solve the Outbreak”

CDC's Solve the Outbreak AppWant to be an epidemiologist without the hassle of getting the degree? With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new “Solve the Outbreak” iPad app, you can.

The app enables users to play a member of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and develop a game plan for tackling three outbreak scenarios (all based on real events). To do so, users must heed clues, review data, and make decisions such as whether to quarantine the affected population.

According to CDC Director Tom Freiden, “The goal is to use new technology to provide an engaging, interactive way for users to learn how CDC solves outbreaks, thereby increasing general knowledge about real-life public health issues.” The app also provides users with health tips and disease information. Adds Carol Crawford, Chief of CDC’s Electronic Media Branch: “This is a great learning tool for science teachers, teens, young adults, public health enthusiasts and mystery lovers.”

Does “Solve the Outbreak” appeal to the detective, gamer or perpetual student in you?

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