Name: Solve the Outbreak

What is it? New outbreaks happen every day, and CDC’s Disease Detectives are sent in to figure out how the outbreak started before it can spread further. In this fun app, you get to be the Disease Detective. Do you quarantine the village? Talk to people who are sick? Ask for more lab results? The better your answers, the higher your score—and the more quickly you’ll save lives. You’ll start out as a Trainee and can earn badges by solving cases, with the goal of earning the top rank: Disease Detective.

Best for: Middle to high school students.

Price: FREE

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.

Rated: 4+


  • Learn about diseases and outbreaks in an engaging way.
  • See how CDC’s Disease Detectives save lives around the world.
  • Post your scores on Facebook or Twitter and challenge your friends to do better.


About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.