Assessing the cost burden of dengue infection to households in Seremban, Malaysia

Md Shahin Mia, Rawshan Ara Begum, Ah Choy Er, Joy Jacqueline Pereira

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Dengue is endemic in all parts of Malaysia. However, there is limited data regarding the cost burden of this disease at household level. We aimed to examine the cost of dengue infection at the household level in Seremban District, Malaysia. This cost assessment can provide an insight to policy-makers about economic impact of dengue infection in order to guide and prioritize control strategies. The data were collected via interview. We evaluated120 previous dengue infection patients registered at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital, Seremban District, Malaysia. The average duration of dengue illness was 9.69 days. The average household days lost was 18.7; students lost an average of 6.3 days of school and patients and caregivers lost an average of 12.5 days of work. The mean total cost per case of dengue infection was estimated to be USD365.16 with the indirect cost being USD327.90 (89.8% of the total cost) and the direct cost being USD37.26 (10.2% of the total cost). Our findings suggest each episode of dengue infection imposes a significant financial burden at the household level in Seremban District, Malaysia; most of the burden being indirect cost. This cost needs to be factored into the overall cost to society of dengue infection. This data can inform policy makers when allocating resources to manage public health problems in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1167-1176
Number of pages10
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Volume47
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Dengue
  • Direct costs
  • Households
  • Indirect costs
  • Malaysia
  • Seremban

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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Assessing the cost burden of dengue infection to households in Seremban, Malaysia. / Mia, Md Shahin; Begum, Rawshan Ara; Er, Ah Choy; Pereira, Joy Jacqueline.

In: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Vol. 47, No. 6, 2016, p. 1167-1176.

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