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STRENGTHENING GLOBAL HEALTH AND SECURITY

Calculating the Economic Burden of Emerging Infectious Diseases Given the enormous global economic consequences of infectious diseases, there is a surprising absence of data on the actual burden on national economies of specific diseases. There are no readily available, easily updated, or standardized tools for tracking, calculating, and publishing such data. To remedy this, the Center is developing a web-based cost calculator to help public health policymakers estimate, on a country-by-country basis, the true economic costs of outbreaks of infectious diseases such as cholera, dengue, and chikungunya. Using country-specific cost figures for such factors as ambulatory and inpatient medical care, lost productivity, and earning potential lost through mortality, our web-based tool will give public health officials worldwide a projection of actual costs of emerging diseases based on prevalence and in-country economic data. For health officials who are faced with difficult decisions and choices regarding which public health interventions to pursue, this tool will provide an opportunity to forecast the point at which life-saving interventions become cost-effective.

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Center for Biosecurity Annual Report 2011  

The Center for Biosecurity is an independent nonprofit organization of UPMC. Our mission is to strengthen U.S. national security and resili...

Center for Biosecurity Annual Report 2011  

The Center for Biosecurity is an independent nonprofit organization of UPMC. Our mission is to strengthen U.S. national security and resili...

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