The Economic Cost of Communicable Disease Surveillance in Local Public Health Agencies

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This article assessed the financial implications of communicable disease surveillance in Colorado local public health agencies to identify possible economies of scale. Communicable disease surveillance is a core public health service required by local public health agencies in Colorado, and this study used staff salaries and time logs to estimate the amount of time devoted to surveillance. Findings indicate that cost savings might be possible if smaller agencies share services.

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