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DIVERSITAS ecoHEALTH on Economics of Emerging Diseases

One pathway of concern for emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) is the trade and import of wildlife that can transport diseases of risk to humans or livestock. The objective of DEEED is to provide a bio-economic modelling framework to evaluate the risk of EIDs emerging from wildlife in trade. This includes formulation of the underlying model describing the transport of infected wildlife to new destinations, deriving the distribution of the net present value for evaluating the underlying economics, and providing a risk management strategy for making decisions. A major question is: What is the cost of proposed control measures versus the cost of the diseases they would likely prevent from entering the country with imported animals?

The key aims are to:

- Build a conceptual model of wildlife disease transport; and

- Identify data and research needs to inform the transport process/model.

DEEED, which started in 2008, developed a bio-economic modelling framework to evaluate the risk of EIDs from wildlife in trade, collected data from several studied diseases to test this model. Manuscripts presenting the results of this project are in preparation.


DEEED participants:

  • Coordinator: Peter Daszak, EcoHealth Alliance, USA
  • David Finnoff, Department of Economics and Finance, Wyoming University, USA
  • Katherine Smith, Brown University, USA
  • Christoph Jerde, University of Notre Dame, USA

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