Volume 16, Number 3—March 2010
Economic Cost Analysis of West Nile Virus Outbreak, Sacramento County, California, USA, 2005
|Item||Cost||No. patients by age, y
|Physician visit for diagnosis or treatment in the western US, cost per case†||$167||86||31||$19,539|
|Diagnostic tests, average cost per case‡
|Productivity loss||Per work day missed§||Per nonwork day missed¶||Total individual cost#|
|Value of a lost day
|Total costs for WNF||$136,839|
*WNF, West Nile fever; BLS, Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor.
†Estimated by using data from Brown and Beauregard (19) and BLS (15).
‡ELISA immunoglobulin (Ig) G and IgM serum and cerebrospinal fluid. Estimated by using laboratory list prices (ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Focus Diagnostics Inc., Cypress, CA, USA; Quest Diagnostics Inc., Madison, NJ, USA; Specialty Laboratories, Valencia, CA, USA).
§Estimated by using data from BLS (17).
¶Estimated by using data from Grosse (18) and BLS (17).
#Based on 5 workdays missed per person <60 y and 5 nonwork days missed per person >60 y.