I love diseases!  OK, I started my professional life as a nurse before I turned into an emergency/continuity manager…so I have an excuse!  But investigating diseases is cool – it is a bit like being a detective.  CDC has taken that literally into a new app where you can earn the highly coveted Disease Detective badge.  Who knew?!?!?!

CDC has released a new 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 six newly released outbreaks, giving you lots of opportunities to have fun.  Do you have what it takes to solve “The Queens Killer” scenario, or are the clues “Hiding in Plain Sight”?



The immensely popular app has fans clamoring for more.  So if you’ve been stuck as a Senior Specialist, now’s your chance to climb the ranks and earn new badges and achievements!

Work hard to earn the Clever Clogs or Smarty Pants achievements; but beware of the Grim Reaper and Underachiever that appear if you fail to solve the outbreak.

Fun, Interactive Peek into the World of Epidemiology

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.

As soon as a new outbreak is suspected, you race to the scene to figure out what’s happening, why, how it started, and how it’s spreading.  Act fast and you can save a whole town, state, or even a country.  Come up with the wrong answers and, well…you can always try again!

If you haven’t tried the app yet, now’s the perfect time to get started!  Scientists and experts from across CDC have put their expertise and know-how into creating a realistic and exciting app that turns your iPad into its own version of CSI.

Go to Itunes or Download the app here.