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Are the mosquito and vector control programs economic effective?

Lambros Tsourgiannis Despoina Chatzipanagiotou

Abstract: As mosquito born diseases are an important public health problem state, regional and local authorities undertake mosquito and vector control program to face it. This study aims to estimate the cost effectiveness of this program and to identify the factors that might influence the profitability of the citizens due to the vector control programs. . The cost of the mosquito and vector control program is consists of the cost of spraying actions. The benefit for the society of this program is estimated as the elimination of the: medical treatment cost, productivity losses due to illness with full recovery or neuroinvasive illness with residual long term disabilities, death from WNV, expenses reduction for self-protection measures against mosquitoes and losses reduction of tourism enterprises due to mosquitoes. As many Greek regions suffered the first half of the decade from a West Nile Virus outbreak the current study estimated the cost – effectiveness of mosquito control programs based on the Greek experience. The average annual cost of the mosquito and vector control program for the period 2012-2015 reached the 1.4 million euro whilst the average cost per case is estimated to 93,408 euro. Hence the cost benefit analysis indicated that only 16 cases of WNV neuroinvasive disease would need to be prevented to make the cost of the mosquito and vector control program cost effective. Moreover, factors including the regional district citizens live, the number of the children they have, their occupation and education as well as the period the mosquitoes’ problem is more intense are associated with the benefit they have from the operation of vector control program

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  • Author(s) Name: Lambros Tsourgiannis[1] Despoina Chatzipanagiotou[1]
  • Author(s) Affiliation: [1]Directorate of Public Health and Social Care of Regional District of Xanthi, Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Xanthi, Greece
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  • Keywords: West Nile Virus, Cost Benefit Analysis, Cost Effectiveness of Vector Control Program
  • Article Type: Research
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