Assessing the Economic Cost of Epidemics

 

Global attention has turned to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, turning the spotlight away from the economic costs of lifestyle diseases and health problems such as obesity and diabetes toward the cost of infectious disease. In the short-term, the economic consequences for the affected countries can be significant, but in the longer term the impact can be harder to decipher. The cost depends on the longevity and severity of the crisis and the demographic and economic profile of those directly affected.

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