Assessing the Economics of Dengue: Results from a Systematic Review of the Literature and Expert Survey
This piece examines the economics of Dengue through a systematic review of the literature to provide a critical overview of the issues related to dengue economics research and to form a background with which to address the question of cost.
"An expert survey was designed to identify priority areas in dengue economics research and to identify gaps between the methodology and actual practice. Survey responses were combined with the literature review findings to determine stakeholder priorities in dengue economics research."
Some findings included " annual overall costs (in 2010 values) ranged from US$13.5 million (in Nicaragua) to $56 million (in Malaysia), showing cost variations across countries." "The current evidence suggests that dengue costs are substantial because of the cost of hospital care and lost earnings." Further research into this area will broaden the understanding of the true economic impact of dengue.