Navigation Links
New study highlights Chagas disease as a growing health and socio-economic challenge
Date:2/8/2013

WASHINGON, D.C.February 7, 2013Today, The Lancet Infectious Diseases published a new report that examines the global economic burden of Chagas disease. In the first study of its kind, researchers measured the health and economic impact of Chagas disease and found that the total economic burden of Chagas disease matches or exceeds that of many more well-known diseases such as rotavirus, Lyme disease and cervical cancer.

Chagas disease infects an estimated 10 million people worldwide, with most cases occurring in Latin America. It is a parasitic infection transmitted through an insect commonly known as the "kissing bug." Its symptoms range from acute respiratory and intestinal infections to strokes, liver and heart disease. In some cases Chagas disease can be fatal.

The poorest countries in the region are especially impacted by this neglected tropical disease (NTD) because of the insect's propensity to live in impoverished communities that lack quality housing, access to essential medicines and vector control practices. However the new study found that while the burden is considerable in Latin America, it is also significant in parts of the world not traditionally considered risk areas for Chagas disease, such as in North America and Europe.

The study estimates that the global economic cost of Chagas disease exceeds USD $7 billion annually. This cost surpasses that of rotavirus ($2 billion) and cervical cancer ($4.7 billion). Even in the United States, the economic burden of Chagas disease is comparable to the burden of much more publicized infectious diseases such as Lyme disease. According to the study, currently infected individuals will result in more future health care costs occurring in the United States (approximately $6.7 billion) than any other country.

"Lost productivity is a big part of the cost," said the study's lead author, Dr. Bruce Lee. "By just focusing on health care costs, or simple measures such as death caused by the disease, we miss a lot of the burden. We must examine the crucial impact lost productivity can have on society, businesses, governments and other key stakeholders."

Quantifying the economic burden of Chagas disease can help guide public health policy decisions, according to the study's co-author, Dr. Peter Hotez.

"We now have more evidence that Chagas disease is more than just a burden on human health in some of the poorest countries. All around the world, Chagas disease has a huge economic impact," said Dr. Hotez. "This new data should help inform policy decisions that will prioritize Chagas disease on research, policy and development agendas. This should include support for developing new vaccines for Chagas disease."

The Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (Sabin PDP), in collaboration with Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine and other PDP partners, is currently engaged in early research and development for a bivalent therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of chronic Chagas disease. If successful, it would be the first therapeutic vaccine for the treatment of this disease.

"Further studies quantifying Chagas disease-related costs on a regional or country level will help policymakers and other decision makers establish necessary control measures," added Dr. Hotez.


'/>"/>

Contact: Johanna Harvey
johanna.harvey@sabin.org
202-621-1691
Sabin Vaccine Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. On-the-Job Stress Wont Raise Your Risk for Cancer, Study Finds
2. Collaboration and innovation win CWRU School of Medicine grant to study gastric cancer
3. UIC researchers to study how young adults use e-cigarettes, snus
4. Docs, Families May Underestimate Patients Odds After Some Strokes: Study
5. Stroke During Childhood May Raise Risk for Epilepsy, Study Says
6. Social media may prove useful in prevention of HIV, STDs, study shows
7. Students in Educational First Steps Assisted Centers Show Persistent Benefits Far Beyond Early Childhood According to University of Texas at Dallas Study
8. Study Ties Gene to Dangerous Heart Valve Deposits
9. Electrical Brain Stimulation Plus Drug Fights Depression: Study
10. Mayo Clinic-led study identifies biomarkers for early risk assessment of acute kidney injury
11. Study to test whether hearing aids can help prevent falls
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... The VA Maryland ... collaborating on a research project focused on multiple sclerosis (MS). Led by Christopher ... nanotechnology to control the disease without compromising normal immune function that often occurs ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) , ... January 18, 2017 , ... ... April as a fund raiser for Smile Train, an international charity that provides free ... is a hobby of mine and in the past I have run to support ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... At Hallmark Nameplate, their commitment to quality ... achieved certification to ISO 13485. This certification is another way they are making constant ... and services that they need. , The ISO 13485 Certification is a major accomplishment ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... ... January 18, 2017 , ... The Hear the ... project with the donation of cochlear implants. In February 2017, the first three ... a fair chance of leading an independent life. This engagement builds on the ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... , ... January 17, 2017 , ... January is National Stalking Awareness Month ... to lurk in the corners and commit the crime of stalking, a very real danger ... addiction, an often overlooked factor in stalking and other crimes. , “Stalking: know it. Name ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/18/2017)... , Jan. 18, 2017  Eisai Inc., ... announced today that it is participating in Access ... non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention, treatment and care in ... Accelerated is the first multi-stakeholder, international initiative in ... pharmaceutical companies, including Eisai, in collaboration with the ...
(Date:1/18/2017)... NEW YORK , January 18, 2017 ... perception of people regarding the use of cannabis both for ... not only are more Americans open to the use of ... and financial sectors. According to Arcview Market Research, the North ... 2016, up 30% from the previous year. The research projects ...
(Date:1/17/2017)... Jan. 17, 2017 Precision medicine is ... the treatment of disease. The approach allows doctors ... a therapy. The approach studies the individual profile ... and environment. In January 2015, Precision Medicine Initiative ... all diseases with more than one million volunteers. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: