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Precision’s Huber Authors Important Study on Social, Economic Impacts of West Africa Ebola Crisis
Led by Caroline Huber, associate director of policy and economics, a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases provides valuable new data on the social, economic, and health impacts of the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola crisis.
Along with her colleagues, Ms. Huber estimated that overall costs of the Ebola outbreak totaled more than $53 billion, exceeding previous estimates by more than $20 billion. Factoring in deaths from non-Ebola causes during this period due to realignment of health resources, the study identifies specific costs missed by other accountings of the overall global costs of the unprecedented outbreak.
The study’s release has generated a significant amount of media interest, with coverage in numerous outlets including Reuters and the BBC. Ms. Huber was interviewed as part of BBC’s Newsday radio program.
To read more about the study and the findings of Ms. Huber and her research team, read the complete article, The Economic and Social Burden of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. A concise summary of the study can be found on the Science Speaks blog.
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