Hansen, Peter H.
This study assessed the impact of dengue in Thailand by surveying families in the Kamphaeng Phet province and calculating Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs). Accounting for direct costs of hospitalization, loss of productivity, and average number of family members infected resulted in a financial loss of ~US$61/family (more than the net average monthly income in Thailand). Calculation of DALYs resulted in 731.7 DALYs/million, which is equivalent to the impact of the tropical cluster, malaria, meningitis, and hepatitis in Southeast Asia. These results indicate that dengue prevention, research, and control should be considered equally as important as that of diseases currently given priority.
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