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Volume 16, Number 3—March 2010


Economic Cost Analysis of West Nile Virus Outbreak, Sacramento County, California, USA, 2005

Loren M. Barber, Jerome J. Schleier, and Robert K.D. PetersonComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA

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Table 3

Estimated economic costs of WNND cases due to productivity loss, Sacramento County, California, 2005*

Productivity loss Value of work day missed† Value of nonwork day missed‡ No. work days missed No. nonwork days missed No. patients
% Cases Total costs for all cases
<60 >60
For patients <60 y $191 $125 50 10 31 100 $334,800
For patients >60 y $125 60 15 100 $112,500
For caretakers


Total costs $484,800

*WNND, West Nile neuroinvasive disease.
†Estimated by using data from BLS (17).
‡Estimated by using data from Grosse (18) and BLS (17).

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