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Boy Scouts turn into virtual zombies

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Boy Scouts with the 2013 National Boy Scout jamboree are turning into virtual zombies by the thousands.

It's part of an educational game Virginia Tech researchers designed to show how disease spreads.

The Virus Tracker combines technology with the age-old game of tag.  At the 10-day Jamboree, Scouts are earning points by "infecting" other players.  They're using bar-coded labels that are attached to their Scouts IDs.   Codes can be activated at scanning stations or by smart phones that have downloaded the Virus Tracker app.

People and troops that get the most points every day win, but the goal, of course, is to stay human.