Economics and Episodic Disease: The Benefits of Preventing a Giardiasis Outbreak, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Economics and Episodic Disease

The Benefits of Preventing a Giardiasis Outbreak, 1st Edition

By Winston Harrington, Alan J. Krupnick, Walter O. Spofford Jr.


204 pages

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Originally published in 1991, this study uses the 1983 outbreak of Giardiasis in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania as a case study to explore the social costs of waterborne illnesses to a community. With over 6,000 people affected in that particular case, Economics and Episodic Disease emphasises the importance of Federal and State drinking water standards to protect the population from contamination whilst also commenting how regulations can be applied to other areas within public health as well as how to appraise the damage caused to surface water by the release of hazardous substances. This title will be of interest to students of Environmental Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; Part 1: Methods; 2. The Nature of Giardiasis and of Community Outbreaks 3. Measuring Losses to Individuals 4. Measuring Losses to Businesses and Government Agencies; Part 2: Luzerne County Case Study; 5. The Luzerne County Outbreak 6. Estimating Losses to Individuals 7. Estimating Losses to Businesses and Government Agencies 8. Summary of Losses and Policy Implications for Luzerne County; Part 3: Research Needs; 9. Research Needs; About the Authors; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
SCIENCE / Environmental Science