New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Varicella Zoster and Herpes Zoster

Team: 1009

School: Jackson Middle School

Area of Science: Medicine and Heath, Biochemistry

Interim: Varicella Zoster Virus is Chicken Pox. This virus is an airborne disease that can cause Shingles later in life, which is called Herpes Zoster. Shingles is a disease that can cause neurological symptoms. Shingles originates from Chicken Pox, which was contracted in youth, which lies dormant. People who have chicken pox can spread the disease to others who don’t have chicken pox. If this person receives the vaccine for the disease their chances of contracting the virus is very slim. In order to contract Shingles you must have had chicken pox in the past. A person with Shingles can cause chicken pox but not Shingles. If a person receives the shingles vaccine they will decrease the likelihood of getting Shingles. The Shingle and Chicken Pox shots can help many people to never get the disease. Some people are not able to get these shots. People who have had an severe allergic reaction to vaccines, or a weakened immune system because of HIV/AIDS or another disease that affects the immune system such as cancer, or have been treated with steroids or chemotherapy. Also Women who are or might be pregnant should not receive this shot until a month after birth. Our target groups are those who can’t receive the vaccine. We are trying to find a solution to those unable to get the shot.
Our model will be created using Star Logo TNG. Our model will have a specific population of non infected and a few infected with Chicken Pox. We are assuming that these people are not able to get the Chicken Pox or Shingles Vaccination. We will have a slider who gets Shingles and another that control who gets neurological disorders and who does not.
We will compare our results to actual findings about who gets Shingles and their symptoms.

Team Members:

  katrina keller

Sponsoring Teacher: Karen Glennon

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