Viral outbreak: Delta students test how quickly -- and how far -- a virus can spread
10:14 PM, Feb. 22, 2012

MUNCIE -- A virus spread quickly through the student population at Delta High School on Wednesday morning. It was detected on handrails, doorknobs, desks, drinking fountains and, most notably, the hands of several students.

But don't panic, it was fake.

The outbreak was planned -- and planted -- by science teacher Lance Brand.

"It's a hands-on way to study how a virus can spread through a population, how hygiene impacts the spread of that virus and how quickly it can move through a building like ours," Brand said. "And it's also a lot of fun..."