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Volume 23, Number 10—October 2017

Economic Assessment of Waterborne Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis

Aksana Chyzheuskaya, Martin Cormican, Raghavendra Srivinas, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Martina Prendergast, Cathal O’Donoghue, and Dearbháile MorrisComments to Author 
Author affiliations: National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland (A. Chyzheuskaya, M. Cormican, R. Srivinas, D. O’Donovan, M. Prendergast, D. Morris); Health Service Executive, Galway (M. Cormican, D. O’Donovan); Teagasc, Athenry, Ireland (C. O’Donoghue)

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Table 2

Overall estimated cost of waterborne outbreak of cryptosporidiosis, Galway, Ireland, 2007*

Category Cost, €
Private sector costs
Household costs
Bottled water 3,552,299
Boiled water 400, 162
Sick (reported and not reported) costs
Sick reported 300,236
Sick reported wage loss 36,339
School days lost 89,074
General practitioner 12,100
Self-medication (reported) 1,180
Caregiver income loss (reported) 161,544
Sick not reported 74,002
Sick not reported wage loss 52,973
School days lost (not reported) 1,922
Self-medication (not reported) 1,418
Caregiver income loss (not reported) 17,689
Business costs
Hotel cancelations 5,374,115
Hotel bottled water bill 1,734,285
Nurseries, day care centers, and nursing homes water bills 525,929
Caregiver productivity loss
Sick reported 176,206
Sick not reported 19,294
Sick productivity loss
Reported 36,554
Not reported 57,781
Public sector costs
Local authorities
Galway City Council 3,388,840
Galway County Council 2,472,837
EPA 20,000
Accident and emergency 315
Hospital 637,791
Extra laboratory tests 446,349
Response team† 159,488
Total cost of outbreak 19,750,722

*EPA, Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland; HSE, Health Service Executive.
†Local authorities, EPA, and HSE.

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