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Economic analysis of vaccination applied to ovine listeriosis.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Veterinary Record
0042-4900
Publisher
BMJ
Publication Date
Volume
128
Issue
8
Pages
183–185
Identifiers
PMID: 2031291
Source
Medline

Abstract

An economic model for determining whether vaccination against a disease would be beneficial financially on individual farms is proposed; it is based on four pieces of information: the costs of a disease case including its treatment, the cost of vaccinating each animal including veterinary fees, the expected incidence of the disease, and the efficacy of the vaccine. The model was applied to ovine listeriosis, which is a serious disease problem in Norway. Vaccination appeared to be beneficial for the average sheep flock of 100 ewes which might expect two or more cases of listeriosis per year. Furthermore, the model suggests the ratio of the price of a single vaccination to the cost of a disease case can be used to plan more efficient vaccine field trials.

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