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Economic evaluation of dengue prevention

Donald S. Shepard and Jose A. Suaya

in Economic Evaluation in Child Health

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547494
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720055 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547494.003.12
 Economic evaluation of dengue prevention

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Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease which threatens half the world's population. This chapter first briefly examines an existing technology, larviciding, to control the mosquito which transmits dengue. It then presents a detailed examination of a new technology for dengue prevention, a potential dengue vaccine, based on previous work. The economic analysis estimates the health benefits of offering dengue vaccination to annual child cohorts in Southeast Asia (a region that has witnessed the highest incidence), determines the annual cost of that strategy, and projects potential revenues to vaccine producers. The economic analysis is conducted using standard approaches to cost-effectiveness analysis to derive the cost per disability-adjusted life year (DALY) averted. Finally, the chapter highlights some methodological challenges that are specific to child health.

Keywords: dengue; larviciding; dengue vaccine; Southeast Asia; cost-effectiveness analysis; child; disability-adjusted life year; DALY

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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