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|Title: ||The health and economic burden of chickenpox and herpes zoster in Belgium|
|Authors: ||Bilcke, J.|
de Smet, F.
van Kerschaver, E.
van Damme, P.
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Publisher: ||CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS|
|Citation: ||EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION, 140 (11), p. 2096-2109|
|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.|
|Notes: ||[Bilcke, J.; Ogunjimi, B.; Marais, C.; van Damme, P.; Beutels, P.] Univ Antwerp, Ctr Hlth Econ Res & Modelling Infect Dis, Vaccine & Infect Dis Inst Vaxinfectio, B-2610 Antwerp, Belgium. [Ogunjimi, B.; Ramet, J.] Univ Antwerp Hosp, Dept Paediat, Edegem, Belgium. [de Smet, F.; Callens, M.] Natl Alliance Christian Sickness Funds, Brussels, Belgium. [de Smet, F.] Dept Occupat Environm & Insurance Med, Louvain, Belgium. [Callaert, K.] Hasselt Univ, Interuniv Inst Biostat & Stat Bioinformat I BioSt, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [van Kerschaver, E.] Child & Family, Brussels, Belgium.
|ISI #: ||000309724500023|
|Type: ||Journal Contribution|
|Validation: ||ecoom, 2013|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research publications|
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