Publication
Title
The health and economic burden of chickenpox and herpes zoster in Belgium
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Abstract
Varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox (CP) and after reactivation herpes zoster (HZ). Vaccines are available against both diseases warranting an assessment of the pre-vaccination burden of disease. We collected data from relevant Belgian databases and performed five surveys of CP and HZ patients. The rates at which a general practitioner is visited at least once for CP and HZ are 346 and 378/100 000 person-years, respectively. The average CP and HZ hospitalization rates are 5·3 and 14·2/100 000 person-years respectively. The direct medical cost for HZ is about twice as large as the direct medical cost for CP. The quality-adjusted life years lost for ambulatory CP patients consulting a physician is more than double that of those not consulting a physician (0·010 vs. 0·004). In conclusion, both diseases cause a substantial burden in Belgium.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Epidemiology and infection. - London, 1987, currens
Publication
London : 2012
ISSN
0950-2688 [print]
1469-4409 [online]
Volume/pages
140:11(2012), p. 2096-2109
ISI
000309724500023
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 07.08.2017
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