CDC’s “Solve the Outbreak” app for iPad

Apps are becoming more socially aware! From new Facebook games that teach users to respect women’s rights to the latest disease outbreak control, apps are moving away from mainstream gaming to innovative social service. New game from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) teaches gamers how to prevent and contain diseases when there is an epidemic or outbreak! This one is for Robin Cook fans who practice medicine by ear.

solve2In this game, “Solve the Outbreak”, users slip into the role of a disease investigator who studies and analyzes the cause and effect of the disease on village and town people. CDC’s game themes are based on real events tackled by officers from the Epidemic Intelligence Service. As an investigator, gamers will first have to spend time researching the disease, its symptoms, its origin, cause of spread and other factors that contribute to the epidemic. They will then talk to villagers and townsfolk affected by the disease to assess the impact and the survival rate of the disease. Questions to the affected include lab results, report charts, food or water contamination, chemical permeation into consumable items, adulteration of grains and other food materials and other disease causing factors. As an officer you will have to quarantine entire towns and villages if the disease is widespread.

The app is a fantastic learning center, where the gamer learns health tips and new medical terms through definitions and illustrations. He or she also recognizes how to handle medical emergencies and life threatening situations.  Touted the next big thing, the app is ideal for medical students, members of health and UN organizations like the Red Cross and medical enthusiasts.

It is encouraging to see apps that have come of age and work towards providing individuals important know how through an entertaining medium. The app is available for the iPad presently, and can be downloaded from Apple’s app store.

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