Mobile Apps

NCEZID has created a number of mobile apps to increase awareness of our work to protect people from domestic and global infectious disease threats. Included here is a selection of apps that are available on a variety of platforms. Download CDC’s free mobile apps to your device today.

Field Facts
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Field Facts gives first responders crucial information to use in the first few moments and hours of a response to a potential bioterrorism incident. In the palm of your hand, access descriptions of safety measures and clothing to protect yourself from exposure. Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of disease associated with eight potential bioterrorism agents. And find additional expert help quickly with the contact details for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Operations Center, FBI Field Offices, and state public health laboratories.

The biological agents covered are:

  • Ricin
  • Botulism toxin
  • Bacillus anthracis (anthrax)
  • Yersinia pestis (plague)
  • Francisella tularensis (tularemia, also known as rabbit fever)
  • Brucella (brucellosis)
  • Smallpox virus
  • Burkholderia (melioidosis and glanders)


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To give feedback about this app, contact CDC-INFO.

The Laboratory Response Network Rule-Out and Refer
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The Laboratory Response Network Rule-Out and Refer app makes it easy for sentinel labs, such as clinics, hospitals, and public health agencies, to access important information regarding six potential bioterrorism agents including Bacillus anthracis, Brucella species, Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, Burkholderia pseudomallei, and Burkholderia mallei. This app provides information regarding biosafety, shipping, and select agent compliance associated with each pathogen to ensure that the information you need is at your fingertips! The app also aids sentinel labs by providing a tool in the “rule-out and refer” decision with easy to use flowcharts detailing the identification steps. Agent specific images and video examples guide the user in making accurate and efficient decisions.

Features Include:

  • Easy to use identification flowcharts for 6 bioterrorism agents with reference link to the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) formal procedures
  • Links to important information from CDC and Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Clear images of colony morphology and gram staining of the agents
  • Videos demonstrating biochemical tests such as catalase, indole, and oxidase
  • Important biosafety information
  • A video on how to work in a biosafety cabinet
  • Packaging and shipping information for Category A and B agents
  • Select agent regulation information and links

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To give feedback about this app, contact CDC-INFO.

Solve the Outbreak
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Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to get clues and analyze data to solve the outbreak and save lives! In this fun app, you get to be the Disease Detective.

Do you quarantine the village? Interview people who are sick? Run more lab tests? The better your answers, the higher your score – and the quicker you’ll climb the ranks to become a decorated Disease Detective. In level 1, you’ll start out as a Trainee and can earn badges by solving scenarios, with the goal of earning the top rank: Disease Detective.

Unlock Level 2 by mastering all 12 outbreaks. Then earn honors by solving new and more challenging scenarios. Earn recognitions like Surveillance Honors and Treatment Honors.

New outbreaks happen every day, and CDC’s Disease Detectives are on the front lines, working 24/7 to save lives and protect people. When a new outbreak happens, Disease Detectives are sent in to figure out how the outbreak started before it spreads further.

In this app:

  • 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 play!

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To give feedback about this app, contact CDC-INFO.