On January 24, the CDC reported that over 130 cases of the “GII.4 Sydney” norovirus strain had been confirmed in the United States. Also known as the stomach flu, or viral gastroenteritis, the new strain first appeared in Australia in March 2012.
There’s one word on the minds of Public Heath professionals nationwide—“flu.” According to the CDC, 41 states are reporting widespread geographic influenza activity and some cities, including Boston, have declared a public health emergency.
“We are into what would classically be described as a flu epidemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at NIH stated.
The University of Minnesota’s Public Health Discovery Game, “Outbreak at Watersedge,” simulates an outbreak and challenges players to discover its source. The game, targeted at high school students who might be considering a career in public health, provides an informative glimpse into the analytical, verbal, and communications issues involved in dealing with a critical public health issue.