Chances of getting chickenpox tied to UV exposure

December 19, 2011 4:29:50 PM PST
Your chances of getting chickenpox may depend on how much sunlight you get. That's according to a research team from the University of London.

Researchers found chickenpox less common in regions with high UV levels, such as tropical countries, but more common in temperate countries, such as England, especially during winter.

The explanation: sunlight. The researchers believe exposure to the sun deactivates viruses on the skin, making it harder to pass them on.