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Students participate in study to determine how flu spreads

November 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA — Students in the Canon-McMillan School District are helping University of Pittsburgh researchers learn about how flu spreads, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

moteThe students went home on Monday in possession of electronic proximity sensors, called motes, which will record when the students come in contact with each other, the article stated.

According to the article, the "electronic tags," can record as many as one million pieces of data in a typical day, and will tell researchers how many times kids come together for conversations, sharing items or other activities and how far apart they are.

If the students diligently wear the devices until Wednesday, researchers should be able to better measure how influenza spreads in schools from the data collected, the article noted.

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