Benefit cost scenarios of potential oral rabies vaccination for skunks in California

Stephanie A. Shwff, Ray T. Sterner, Robert Hale, Michele T Jay-Russell, Ben Sun, Dennis Slate

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Abstract

Scenario-based analyses were computed for benefits and costs linked with hypothetical oral rabies vaccination (ORV) campaigns to contain or eliminate skunk-variant rabies in skunks (Mephitis mephitis) in California, USA. Scenario 1 assumed baiting eight zones (43, 388 km2 total) that comprised 73% of known skunk rabies locations in the state. Scenario 2 also assumed baiting these eight zones, but further assumed that added benefits would result from preventing the spread of skunk-variant rabies into Los Angeles County, USA. Scenarios assumed a fixed bait cost ($1.24 each) but varied campaigns (one, two and three annual ORV applications), densities of baits (37.5/km 2, 75/km2 and 150/km2), levels of prevention (50%, 75%, and 100%), and contingency expenditures if rabies recurred (20%, 40%, and 60% of campaign costs). Prorating potential annual benefits during a 12-yr time orizon yielded benefit-cost ratios (BCRs) between 0.16 and 2.91 and between 0.34 and 6.35 for Scenarios 1 and 2, respectively. Economic issues relevant to potentially managing skunk-variant rabies with ORV are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-233
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume45
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Benefit-cost analysis
  • California
  • Economics
  • Oral vaccination
  • Rabies
  • Skunks

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Shwff, S. A., Sterner, R. T., Hale, R., Jay-Russell, M. T., Sun, B., & Slate, D. (2009). Benefit cost scenarios of potential oral rabies vaccination for skunks in California. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 45(1), 227-233.

Benefit cost scenarios of potential oral rabies vaccination for skunks in California. / Shwff, Stephanie A.; Sterner, Ray T.; Hale, Robert; Jay-Russell, Michele T; Sun, Ben; Slate, Dennis.

In: Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Vol. 45, No. 1, 01.2009, p. 227-233.

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Shwff, SA, Sterner, RT, Hale, R, Jay-Russell, MT, Sun, B & Slate, D 2009, 'Benefit cost scenarios of potential oral rabies vaccination for skunks in California', Journal of Wildlife Diseases, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 227-233.
Shwff SA, Sterner RT, Hale R, Jay-Russell MT, Sun B, Slate D. Benefit cost scenarios of potential oral rabies vaccination for skunks in California. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 2009 Jan;45(1):227-233.
Shwff, Stephanie A. ; Sterner, Ray T. ; Hale, Robert ; Jay-Russell, Michele T ; Sun, Ben ; Slate, Dennis. / Benefit cost scenarios of potential oral rabies vaccination for skunks in California. In: Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 2009 ; Vol. 45, No. 1. pp. 227-233.
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