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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 4

Estimated economic impact for WNF cases (N = 117), Sacramento County, California, 2005*

Item Cost No. patients by age, y
Total cost
<60 >60
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.

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