American Journal of Applied Sciences

Economic Impact of E. Coli O111 Outbreak in 1995 in Australia

Shahjahan A. Khandaker and Mohammad Alauddin

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2004.302.308

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 1, Issue 4

Pages 302-308

Abstract

Increased incidence of food-borne illnesses is a matter of significant concern for the community and the government alike. An outbreak of E. coli O111 that occurred in Australia in 1995 affected 200 people of whom 22 developed HUS while one person died. This study analyses the economic costs of the outbreak. The total cost of the outbreak is estimated to be A$5. 61 million. Productivity loss represented the highest percentage of outbreak costs (66%) due to death, disability and chronic illness. The direct medical costs contributed 33%. The estimated loss could be even higher if all costs could be quantified. Nevertheless, the findings provide an idea of the policy maker regarding the extent and nature of the damage that could result from an outbreak. The severity of the damage warrants allocation of necessary resources to prevent such occurrences."

Copyright

© 2004 Shahjahan A. Khandaker and Mohammad Alauddin. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.