CDC app lets you solve disease outbreaks at home

February 19, 2013 by Mike Stobbe

(AP)—You may not be a disease detective, but now you can play one at home.

The nation's has released a free app for the called "Solve the ." 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.

Explore further: 'Outbreaks Near Me' app now available for Android mobile phones

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I really want to know if it does work

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