Estimating the Economic Impact of Viral Meningitis in the United States

T. V. Parasuraman, Patricia A. Deverka, Michael R. Toscani

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Concerns about the costs of viral meningitis (VM) are growing, and accurate estimates of the economic impact of VM are becoming increasingly relevant. We assessed the economic impact of VM using a decision analytic framework. Based on a conservatively estimated 300,000 annual cases in the United States, the economic impact in direct costs to payers exceeds $1.5 billion per year. The indirect annual costs include approximately 2 million activity-restricted days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-427
Number of pages11
JournalInfections in Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


  • Cost analysis
  • Viral meningitis


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