'Zombie virus' to be unleashed at national Boy Scout JamboreeSubmitted by nmlifestyles on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 19:29
BLACKSBURG, Va., July 17, 2013 – If researchers from Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have their way, 50,000 Boy Scouts might just turn into zombies as part of an educational game called "Virus Tracker" during the national Boy Scout Jamboree from July 16 to July 22 at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.
Virus Tracker was developed by researchers at the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory to help people understand the spread of disease and the public health response required for disease outbreaks. The data collected by playing Virus Tracker can be used to understand how social contact networks are pathways for transmission of infectious diseases.
Designed to show how disease spreads, Virus Tracker allows participants