Prepared on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Countries that adopt integrated approaches to health promotion and disease prevention for humans, domestic animals, and wildlife may be able... More > to reap significant net economic benefits compared with traditional approaches that are more fragmented and less effective. Emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals are imposing billions of dollars of economic damages to economies around the world. Prevention and management of disease outbreaks can play a significant role in a nation’s overall economic performance. For example, even though relatively few Canadians were infected by the 2003 SARS outbreak in Canada, the disease significantly affected the country’s overall economic performance in the second quarter of that year.< Less
Bio-era estimated the economic impacts of selected emerging infectious diseases occurring between 1995 and 2008 based on information available from government and academic studies, news reports, and... More > direct communications with health experts. Our approach has been to estimate, where possible, the full range of economic impacts caused by disease outbreaks including the direct, indirect, and systemic costs of disease outbreaks.< Less