Researchers using Google track chickenpox

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There might be a new way to study the chickenpox.

A study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that by using Google search data researchers have found the disease could actually be seasonal.

“Google Trends” shows that the virus peaks in the spring worldwide and searches are less likely in countries where vaccinations are common.

The technique scientists are using is called digital epidemiology and has been used before to examine diseases like norovirus, influenza and rotavirus.

Doctors say more research is needed but Google data could be helpful in allocating resources to countries.