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Economic Impact of Dengue Illness in the Americas

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The growing burden of dengue in endemic countries and outbreaks in previously unaffected countries stress the need to assess the economic impact of this disease. This paper synthesizes existing studies to calculate the economic burden of dengue illness in the Americas from a societal perspective. Major data sources include national case reporting data from 2000 to 2007, prospective cost of illness studies, and analyses quantifying underreporting in national routine surveillance systems. Dengue illness in the Americas was estimated to cost $2.1 billion per year on average (in 2010 US dollars), with a range of$1–4 billion in sensitivity analyses and substantial year to year variation. The results highlight the substantial economic burden from dengue in the Americas. The burden for dengue exceeds that from other viral illnesses, such as human papillomavirus (HPV) or rotavirus. Because this study does not include some components (e.g., vector control), it may still underestimate total economic consequences of dengue.

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Journal
Am J Trop Med Hyg
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The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
0002-9637
1476-1645
04 February 2011
04 February 2011
: 84
: 2
: 200-207
Affiliations
Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Sanofi Pasteur, Lyon, France; Sanofi Pasteur, Swiftwater, Pennsylvania
Author notes
*Address correspondence to Donald S. Shepard, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, The Heller School/MS 035, Brandeis University, PO Box 549110, Waltham, MA 02454-9110. E-mail: shepard@ 123456brandeis.edu
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10.4269/ajtmh.2011.10-0503
3029168
21292885
©The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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