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Solve the Outbreak iPad app


The Solve the Outbreak iPad app is a game created by the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) which rates how well players can handle a fictitious disease outbreak and allows the public to better understand what work the CDC does on a daily basis. New outbreaks happen every day, and CDC's Disease Detectives are on the front lines, working 24/7 to save lives and protect people. When a new outbreak happens, Disease Detectives are sent in to figure out how the outbreak started before it can spread further. Scientists and experts from the CDC have used their expertise and knowledge to create this app to help users to learn about diseases and outbreaks in an engaging way. The CDC updated the original version of the Solve the Outbreak app to include new outbreak scenarios. In addition, the players’ scores can be posted directly to their Facebook or Twitter account.



The app sets out scenarios such as a suspected disease outbreak in a school or a food poisoning incident at a birthday party. The player uses clues to figure out what is happening, why and how the outbreak started and how it spread. Points are collected by answering questions and solving cases. The player starts out as Trainee and earns badges and moves up in rank and as their points increase, all the way to the top rank of Disease Detective.


What makes this a good app?

  1. The CDC updated the original app to include new outbreak scenarios and enable the player to post their scores on Facebook or Twitter.
  2. It is a fun and engaging way, for those who may be interested in a career in science, to learn about disease outbreaks and the role of CDC disease detectives.