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Volume 10, Number 10—October 2004

Perspective

West Nile Virus Economic Impact, Louisiana, 2002

Armineh Zohrabian*Comments to Author , Martin I. Meltzer*, Raoult Ratard†, Kaafee Billah*, Noelle A. Molinari*, Kakoli Roy*, R. Douglas Scott*, and Lyle R. Petersen*
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Table 3

Summary of costs attributable to 2002 West Nile virus epidemic in Louisiana

Cost category Cost ($ millions) % of total epidemic cost
Medical costs
Acute care 3.60
Inpatient rehabilitation facility 0.39
Inpatient treatment subtotal 3.99 20
Outpatient hospital care 0.03
Visits to medical doctors 0.13
Outpatient rehabilitation facilities, equipment 0.25
Outpatient treatment subtotal
0.41
2
Total medical costs 4.39 22
Nonmedical costs
Mortality 5.40
Morbidity 1.01
Productivity losses subtotal 6.41 32
Nursing home 0.05
Transportation, miscellaneous 0.09
Total nonmedical costs
6.55
33
Total cost of illness 10.94 54
Mosquito control 8.30
Louisiana Office of Public Health 0.90
Total public agency cost
9.20
46
Total cost of epidemic 20.14 100

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