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New Microbiol. 2016 Oct;39(4):287-289.

Short-term economic impact of the Zika virus outbreak.

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1
University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
2
'Lazzaro Spallanzani' National Institute for Infectious Diseases-IRCCS, Rome, Italy.
3
International Public Health Crisis Group (IPHCG).
4
Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, London, and UK National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre, UCL Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust, London, UK.
5
Emergency NGO, Milan, Italy.
6
Institut Hospital Universitaire Méditérranée, Service de Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Marseille, France.
7
Division of Infection and Immunity, University College London, London, UK.
8
Institut für Tropenmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany and Centre de Recherches Medicales de Lambarene, Lambarene, Gabon.
9
Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA.
10
Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Infectious Disease Research Centre, Quebec-Laval University, Quebec, Canada.
11
School of Medicine, University of São Paulo and LIM01-HCFMUSP, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Abstract

Zika virus (ZIKV) is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes bites. However, transmission by sexual contacts has been reported in 11 non endemic countries. The rapid spread of ZIKV in Latin American and Caribbean Countries (LCR), person-to-person transmission and perceived risk on people's well being can affect the emerging economies of LCR which historically dependent on truism. Here we present an analysis on economic outputs for assessing the current impact of ZIKV on markets. Our analysis show an unexpected resilience of LCR markets to international alerts. This positive response represents an opportunity to scale-up interventions for preventing the further spreading of the ZIKV epidemic.

KEYWORDS:

Behavioral; Disease Outbreaks; Economics; Latin America; Zika Virus Infection

PMID:
28004846
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