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A review of measles outbreak cost estimates from the US in the post-elimination era (2004-2017): Estimates by perspective and cost type

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  • A review of measles outbreak cost estimates from the US in the post-elimination era (2004-2017): Estimates by perspective and cost type

    Source: https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance...iaa070/5714002

    A review of measles outbreak cost estimates from the US in the post-elimination era (2004-2017): Estimates by perspective and cost type
    Jamison Pike, Andrew J Leidner, Paul A Gastañaduy
    Clinical Infectious Diseases, ciaa070, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa070
    Published:
    22 January 2020

    Abstract

    Despite the elimination of measles in the US in the year 2000, cases continue to occur with measles outbreaks having occurred in various jurisdictions in the US in 2018 and 2019. Understanding the cost associated to measles outbreaks can inform cost-of-illness and cost-effectiveness studies of measles and measles prevention. We performed a literature review and identified 10 published studies from 2001-2018 that presented cost estimates from 11 measles outbreaks. Median total costs per measles outbreak were $152,308 (range, $9,862-$1,063,936); median cost per case was $32,805 (range, $7,396-$76,154) and median cost per contact was $223 (range, $81-$746). There was limited data on direct and indirect costs associated with measles. These findings highlight how costly measles outbreaks can be, the value of this information for public health department budgeting, and the importance of more broadly documenting the cost of measles outbreaks.
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