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article imageCDC launch ‘fight the outbreak’ app

By Tim Sandle     Jun 20, 2013 in Entertainment
The U.S. CDC, mixing education and entertainment, have launched an app based on a disease outbreak scenario. The game was inspired by calls to the CDC asking about the impending 'zombie apocalypse'.
Whilst there is no scientific evidence of a 'zombie apocalypse', the fear of such an event has inspired scientists to develop a game aimed at teaching people about the impact of disease epidemics.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the national public health institute of the United States. The main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability.
To help promote public awareness of disease and disease outbreaks, especially in relation to the spread of infection, the CDC have launched a game designed for the iPad.
According to Mashable, players of the app, called “Solve the Outbreak” can pretend they’re a public health detective by taking steps such as quarantining a village, asking for more lab results and interviewing sick people. Good problem-solving skills are rewarded by high points and badges.
According to the CDC:
“Are you ready to work your way closer to becoming a Disease Detective? CDC has released an update to Solve the Outbreak, the popular, free iPad app that puts you in the shoes of a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. The app now has twice as many outbreaks as before, giving you double the opportunity to have fun.
The immensely popular app has had fans clamoring for more. So if you’ve been stuck as an Apprentice, now’s your chance to work your way through the new outbreaks to earn more badges!”
One object of the app is education, as the CDC goes on to state: “Whether you’re a teen considering a career in the sciences, a teacher looking for a great new way to show epidemiology at work, or a germ nerd of any age, Solve the Outbreak is a fascinating peek into the work that real-life Disease Detectives do every day to keep us safe.”
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