The economic impact of pig-associated parasitic zoonosis in Northern Lao PDR

Choudhury, Adnan Ali Khan, Conlan, James V., Racloz, Vanessa Nadine, Reid, Simon Andrew, Blacksell, Stuart D., Fenwick, Stanley G., Thompson, Andrew R. C., Khamlome, Boualam, Vongxay, Khamphouth and Whittaker, Maxine (2013) The economic impact of pig-associated parasitic zoonosis in Northern Lao PDR. Ecohealth, 10 1: 54-62. doi:10.1007/s10393-013-0821-y

Author Choudhury, Adnan Ali Khan
Conlan, James V.
Racloz, Vanessa Nadine
Reid, Simon Andrew
Blacksell, Stuart D.
Fenwick, Stanley G.
Thompson, Andrew R. C.
Khamlome, Boualam
Vongxay, Khamphouth
Whittaker, Maxine
Title The economic impact of pig-associated parasitic zoonosis in Northern Lao PDR
Journal name Ecohealth   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1612-9202
Publication date 2013-03
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10393-013-0821-y
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 54
End page 62
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The parasitic zoonoses human cysticercosis (Taenia solium), taeniasis (other Taenia species) and trichinellosis (Trichinella species) are endemic in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). This study was designed to quantify the economic burden pig-associated zoonotic disease pose in Lao PDR. In particular, the analysis included estimation of the losses in the pork industry as well as losses due to human illness and lost productivity. A Markov-probability based decision-tree model was chosen to form the basis of the calculations to estimate the economic and public health impacts of taeniasis, trichinellosis and cysticercosis. Two different decision trees were run simultaneously on the model's human cohort. A third decision tree simulated the potential impacts on pig production. The human capital method was used to estimate productivity loss. The results found varied significantly depending on the rate of hospitalisation due to neurocysticerosis. This study is the first systematic estimate of the economic impact of pig-associated zoonotic diseases in Lao PDR that demonstrates the significance of the diseases in that country.
Keyword One health
Taenia solium
Economic evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 16 February 2013.

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