Posts Tagged ‘quarantine’

Solve the Outbreak 2.0

December 16th, 2013

CDC just updated the free iPad app called Solve the Outbreak… which turns you into a virtual disease detective. The free app now has six newly released outbreaks. Get clues, analyze data and solve the case. Do you quarantine the village? Interview the sick? Do you run more lab tests before you draw conclusions and conduct interventions- or will the extra time used in the lab slow you down and give the disease a chance to get out of control? The better your answers, the higher your score – and the more quickly you’ll save lives. Here’s the website and how to register

There’s also another new disease detective game you can play online for free. It’s called Epidemic and it lets you investigate an epidemic by yourself- or like real-life- as a team. Epidemic was launched by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and is designed to help people understand the role of public health. There’s even a teacher’s guide if someone wants to use Epidemic in the classroom.

Solve the Outbreak

March 4th, 2013

Check out CDC’s new iPad App, Solve the Outbreak, which lets you pretend you’re a disease outbreak investigator in the world-class Epidemic Intelligence Service by solving outbreaks based on real-life.  When new outbreaks happen, disease detectives are sent in to figure out how they started, before they can spread.  You get to investigate the outbreak and make decisions about confirming cases and implementing public health interventions like isolation and quarantine, social distancing, vaccine prioritization etc.  

The better your answers, the higher your score – and the more quickly you’ll save lives. You’ll start out as a Trainee and will earn badges by solving cases, with the goal of earning the top rank: Disease Detective.  Post your scores on Facebook or Twitter and challenge your friends to do better.  Download the free app today!  

BTW: Dr. Frieden (the CDC Director) paid us a visit during our monthly Local Health Officers meeting on Wednesday afternoon.  Check out the pictures on the Facebook.

AZ Smallpox Outbreak

February 6th, 2012

Smallpox broke out in southeast Arizona almost exactly 100 years ago last week (co-incident with the Statehood activities).  The first cases were in Tucson and Douglas with a few dozen cases and several deaths… and there were a few additional cases in Nogales and Globe.  Of course, all the cases were among folks that hadn’t been vaccinated.  The public health interventions of the time were much like what we would do today- case contact follow up with targeted vaccinations of folks that had contact with cases. 

For example, Dr. Chenoweth (Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Health) implemented an aggressive targeted vaccination effort following the Nogales case.  From the 1912 records, we know that Dr. Chenoweth immediately began a “house-to-house vaccination campaign, vaccinating every person within a radius of six or seven miles of the case under quarantine, except one person who secreted herself and escaped vaccination, but developed smallpox instead.”  These two cases were the only ones reported from Santa Cruz County. 

As the outbreak progressed in the following months, the State Board of Health weighed in on the public health response that had been undertaken in the various counties.  The 1912 State Board of Health minutes stated that: “In our opinion this (contact and ring vaccination campaigns) is not sufficient, as there is no one to keep check on the patient or guardian to see that vaccination is done.  Our public health law should be amended to read:  In addition to the above stated section, no principal, teacher or superintendent shall permit any person to attend school, unless they have been vaccinated.  A large per cent of the children of Arizona have not been vaccinated and will not as long as they are allowed to attend school without first having been vaccinated. 

So, the February 1912 Smallpox outbreak in SE AZ was that spark that triggered the debate about whether and how to require vaccination as a prerequisite for attending school.  You can check out our pre-school and school resource page to find out more about today’s school vaccination requirements.