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:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... A new analysis of community health data ... are located in the Midwest. With the average cost of healthcare rising and the ... with both the quality and affordability of where they live. An annual 2017 report ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... MD (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... After ... anti-stress Antzy Top gadget will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price ... deal with stress wherever they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... Dr. Alex Rabinovich, a highly-skilled oral ... new, informational blog post on insurance options. If a Bay Area patient has to ... save time and money. Visiting an in-network provider for a second opinion can ensure ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... Happened in the Garden of Eden”: retells the stories of three Bible figures in modern ... author, Penelope Colt, mother, trader, horse farmer, artist and a former GM journeyman. Born ... At six, they moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Penny graduated high school. At sixteen, ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... Ca (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 , ... ... effects and background. Understanind and choosing the most appropriate instruments for research and ... critical in research finding. This webinar will focus on innovations in stereo microscopy ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/6/2017)... --  Provista , a proven leader in the supply chain ... Jim Cunniff as the company,s new president and ... to Provista, including most recently serving as the president and ... . He assumed his new role with Provista on May ... Provista," says Jody Hatcher , president, Sourcing and Collaboration ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... MEMPHIS, Tenn. , May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... of Infection Control, Ultraviolet-C light as ... demonstrated Tru-D SmartUVC,s ability to reduce bioburden on ... influenced bioburden reduction on high-touch, complex medical equipment ... in surgical infections. "This study further ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... 4, 2017  A new tight-tolerance microextrusion medical ... highly-engineered materials, is being launched by Natvar, a ... developed in recent years to service a wide ... applications. More expensive materials such as glass and ... due to their ability to consistently hold tolerances. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: