A Zika virus outbreak that infects 2 percent of the population of six southern states will cost approximately $2 billion in medical costs, lost productivity and other related costs, according to a new study partially funded by AHRQ. The article in the journal PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases examined the potential cost of various scenarios in the six states at the greatest risk of suffering a Zika epidemic — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Researchers forecast how overall direct medical costs, the proportion of direct medical costs expected to be covered by Medicaid, costs of lost productivity and total costs to society could vary with different virus attack rates and other factors. The study also identified the primary determinants of infection-related costs. This information could help guide future data collection and infection control efforts. Access the abstract.
PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017 Apr 27;11(4):e0005531. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0005531. eCollection 2017 Apr.