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Title: The health and economic burden of chickenpox and herpes zoster in Belgium
Authors: Bilcke, J.
Marais, Christiaan
de Smet, F.
Callens, M.
van Kerschaver, E.
Ramet, J.
van Damme, P.
Beutels, P.
Issue Date: 2012
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. joke.bilcke@ua.ac.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/14402
DOI: 10.1017/S0950268811002640
ISI #: 000309724500023
ISSN: 0950-2688
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2013
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