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Economic Burden Attributed to Children Presenting to Hospitals With Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in Vietnam

Nguyen Thanh Nhan Le, Hugo C Turner, Huu Khanh Truong, Thanh Hung Nguyen, Bich Lien Le, Thi Thu Hong Nguyen, Nguyen Truc Nhu Le, Thi Han Ny Nguyen, Anh Nguyet Lam, Tan Thanh Tran, Minh Tu Van Hoang, Lu Viet Ho, Huu Tung Trinh, Thi Lan Phuong Tran, Angela Devine, Guy Thwaites, Van Vinh Chau Nguyen, Louise Thwaites, H Rogier van Doorn, Van Tan Le

Open Forum Infectious Diseases | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) has become a major public health concern in the Asia-Pacific region. Knowledge of its economic burden is essential for policy makers in prioritizing the development and implementation of interventions. METHODS: A multi-hospital-based study was prospectively conducted at 3 major hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during 2016-2017. Data on direct and productivity costs were collected alongside clinical information and samples and demographic information from study participants. RESULTS: A total of 466 patients were enrolled. Two hundred three of 466 (43.6%) patients lived in Ho Chi Minh City, and 72/466 (15.5%) had severe HFMD. An enterovir..

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