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The suffering of individuals during outbreaks of viruses such as Ebola and Zika is devastating, but these and other diseases, such as influenza, malaria and tuberculosis, can have lasting and widespread effects on economic growth. In this illuminating article, health care experts David E. Bloom, Daniel Cadarette and JP Sevilla sketch the direct and indirect costs – and their uneven impacts among populations – of epidemics and suggest some straightforward cost-containment ideas. getAbstract recommends this frank overview to health care and human resources professionals.

About the Authors

David E. Bloom is a professor at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where Daniel Cadarette is a research assistant and JP Sevilla is a research associate. 



Epidemics, pandemics and outbreaks of disease have substantial economic consequences. Some illnesses, such as malaria and tuberculosis, are common in certain regions and require ongoing, significant expenditures. Others, like influenza, make their way around the world periodically. But they all impose financial burdens directly on a nation’s health care system, and they also inflict indirect costs, in terms of lost wages and lower productivity. Trade and tourism can steeply decline, and economic effects can reverberate, touching even countries not usually...

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