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Children’s App Now Features Quiz About State's Poisonous Plants, Insects and Animals

BIRMINGHAM – The Alabama Poison Information Center (APIC) at Children’s of Alabama recently released an update to its popular Poison Perils of Alabama app. The newest version of the app includes a 10-question quiz to help users identify potentially dangerous plants, snakes and insects. The app was developed in collaboration with Birmingham-based MotionMobs, a software consulting and development firm.

“We’re excited to offer this update and hope the new quiz encourages teachers and parents, grandparents and other caregivers to engage with young people about this critical information on Alabama’s toxic and poisonous flora and fauna,” said Ann Slattery, director of the APIC.

Poison Perils provides users with a detailed description of insects, animals, plants and the most common household items the hotline receives calls about, accompanied by a photo of each. Users can also quickly connect to an APIC poison information specialist in the event of an emergency with just the touch of a button. Poison Perils is available for free on both Apple and Android devices.

The APIC handles more than 50,000 poison calls per year, plus an additional 60,000 follow-up calls. The app was developed with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Children’s.

MotionMobs develops creative mobile user-experiences for companies in a variety of industries. The firm helps businesses plan, develop, and implement mobile strategies through mobile and web applications. Centered around a return on investment, MotionMobs' philosophy is that all technical investments are ones that will have a significant impact. With a team of over a combined 25 years of work experience and expertise in multiple programming languages and frameworks, MotionMobs provides best-in-class services to companies looking to realize potential value and be a preferred leader in their market.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient, outpatient and primary care throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves patients from every county in Alabama and nearly every state. Children’s is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.