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BMC Infect Dis. 2009 May 7;9:55. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-9-55.

Burden of herpes zoster requiring hospitalization in Spain during a seven-year period (1998-2004).

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Department of Health Sciences, Rey Juan Carlos University, Avda de Atenas s/n, 28922 Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain. angel.gil@urjc.es

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A thorough epidemiological surveillance and a good understanding of the burden of diseases associated to VZV are crucial to asses any potential impact of a prevention strategy. A population-based retrospective epidemiological study to estimate the burden of herpes zoster requiring hospitalization in Spain was conducted.

METHODS:

This study was conducted by using data from the national surveillance system for hospital data, Conjunto Mínimo Básico de Datos (CMBD). Records of all patients admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of herpes zoster (ICD-9-MC codes 053.0-053.9) during a 7-year period (1998-2004) were selected.

RESULTS:

A total of 23,584 hospitalizations with a primary or secondary diagnosis of herpes zoster in patients > or = 30 years of age were identified during the study period. Annually there were 13.4 hospitalizations for herpes zoster per 100,000 population in patients > or = 30 years of age. The rate increases with age reaching a maximum in persons > or = 80 years of age (54.3 admissions per 100,000 population >80 years of age). The mean cost of a hospitalization for herpes zoster in adult patients was 3,720 euro. The estimated annual cost of hospitalizations for herpes zoster in patients > or = 30 years of age in Spain was 12,731,954 euro.

CONCLUSION:

Herpes zoster imposes an important burden of hospitalizations and result in large cost expenses to the Spanish National Health System, especially in population older than 50 years of age.

PMID:
19422687
PMCID:
PMC2685386
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2334-9-55
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