February 21, 2013
Sleuth Your Way Through An Epidemic With CDC’s New iPad App
April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an Epidemic Intelligence Service agent, like in the movie Contagion, tracking down disease vectors and interviewing patients?
The app currently comes with three outbreak scenarios based on real-life cases, according to Forbes. According to the CDC, more will be coming soon. As the user works through the puzzle, they earn points for each clue, with higher scores for better answers. They can earn badges, starting out as a Trainee and working to the goal of Disease Detective. Scores can be posted on Facebook and Twitter, and users can challenge friends to do more at stemming the epidemic.
The CDC says that this app and other social media outlets are parts of their effort to educate the public about diseases and to promote an appreciation for public health work.
The free app is available through iTunes for Apple devices. It is not yet available for Android devices.