Economic Cost of Dengue in Puerto Rico

  title={Economic Cost of Dengue in Puerto Rico},
  author={Yara A. Halasa and Donald S. Shepard and Wu Zeng},
  booktitle={The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene},
Dengue, endemic in Puerto Rico, reached a record high in 2010. To inform policy makers, we derived annual economic cost. We assessed direct and indirect costs of hospitalized and ambulatory dengue illness in 2010 dollars through surveillance data and interviews with 100 laboratory-confirmed dengue patients treated in 2008-2010. We corrected for underreporting by using setting-specific expansion factors. Work absenteeism because of a dengue episode exceeded the absenteeism for an episode of… CONTINUE READING
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