Do you have any budding healthcare professionals and an iPad in your family? If so, the Center for Disease Control, the CDC, has developed something that is both fun and educational for the disease detectives in your family: an app called “Solve the Outbreak,” free at the App store on iTunes. I’ve been playing with it for the past week, and I must say, even for a pediatrician with a little wear on his tires, it’s fun! Try it yourself and share it with your older kids. I think you will quickly get hooked. I found it both an easy game to play and very thought-provoking. Not only will you learn about some of the big infectious diseases that cause outbreaks, but you and your children will also see how germ detectives nail down the root causes of these outbreaks.
It’s not everyday that a computer game has the potential to spark interest in medicine and public health, but this one does. Enroll your young public health officers in germ boot camp today by downloading and enjoying “Solve the Outbreak”. I feel certain you will be glad you did.
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