CDC releases free 'disease detective' iPad app
This image released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention shows a new mobile device application designed by the agency that lets users run through fictional disease outbreaks. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:09AM EST
ATLANTA -- You may not be a disease detective, but now you can play one at home.
The U.S. public health agency has released a free app for the iPad called "Solve the Outbreak." It allows users to run through fictional outbreaks and make decisions: Do you quarantine the village? Talk to people who are sick?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the app was designed in-house and wouldn't give an estimate for development costs.
The agency says it is using social media to educate the public about diseases and to promote an appreciation for public health work. The app went live this week.