Modelling the spread of hepatitis C via commercial tattoo parlours: Implications for public health interventions

Marion S. Rauner, Doris A. Behrens, Jonathan Caulkins
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a serious infection caused by a blood-borne virus. It is a contagious disease spreading rapidly via a variety of transmission mechanisms including contaminated tattoo equipment. Effectively regulating commercial tattoo parlours can greatly reduce this risk. This paper models the cost-effectiveness and optimal timing of such interventions, and parameterizes the model with data for Vienna, Austria. This dynamic model of the contagious spread of HCV via tattooing and other
more » ... ooing and other mechanisms accounts for secondary infections and shows that regulation can be highly cost-effective.
doi:10.1184/r1/6471719 fatcat:xwayxg25szecpdfvv4f3qvwhqq