Short-term economic impact of the Zika virus outbreak

Daniele Macciocchi, Simone Lanini, Francesco Vairo, Alimuddin Zumla, Luiz Tadeu Moraes Figueiredo, Francesco Nicola Lauria, Gino Strada, Philippe Brouqui, Vincenzo Puro, Sanjeev Krishna, Peter Kremsner, Paola Scognamiglio, Carsten Köhler, Emanuele Nicastri, Antonino Di Caro, Rodolfo Maria Cieri, John P A Ioannidis, Gary Kobinger, Marcelo Nascimento Burattini, Giuseppe Ippolito

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-289
Number of pages3
JournalNew Microbiologica
Volume39
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Behavioral
  • Disease outbreaks
  • Economics
  • Latin America
  • Zika virus infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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