What is it about?

Periods of higher international deaths are reasonably common and appear to have no explanation. Outbreaks of a presumed new disease type could be involved.

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Why is it important?

If this agent can increase deaths then it is highly likely it will also increase morbidity.


This is part of a decade long search for the evidence behind the outbreaks of this mystery new disease type. First instance of this outbreak was noted in 1993 but research only commenced in 2009 when it was certain that this was part of a longer series of outbreaks.

Dr Rodney P Jones
Healthcare Analysis & Forecasting

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This page is a summary of: Unexplained periods of higher deaths contribute to marginal changes in health care demand and health insurance costs: International perspectives, The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, December 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/hpm.2917.
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