1.5 Lakh Population Of Odisha’s Berhampur Exposed To COVID-19; Know The Findings Of Sero Survey

Bhubaneswar: ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre, Bhubaneswar, Director Sanghamitra Pati on Thursday informed that one-third people of Berhampur in COVID-19 hotspot Ganjam district had developed antibodies.

Berhampur Sero Survey Findings

— The survey was done between August 3-7 by five teams

— Antibody testing was conducted in 25 randomly selected communities, including five slums

— In communities, 31 per cent (ranging from 60 to 7 per cent) of those surveyed were found to have developed antibodies

— 50 per cent and 35 per cent had developed antibodies in four wards and urban slums respectively

— 90 per cent of them had no major symptoms

— 1.5 lakh people have been exposed and developed antibodies

— The survey was also done among high-risk groups and 23 per cent among them had developed antibodies

— Infection fatality rate, which is an indicator of transmission, was 0.02 per cent

— These results correspond to four-month-old infection status

— The survey was jointly carried out by RMRC, Berhampur Municipal Corporation and MKCG Medical College and Hospital with support from the Health Department

Berhampur has so far reported 2185 of the total 13080 COVID-19 in Ganjam district. With 28 deaths and 1674 recoveries, the city now has 510 active cases.

Pati said that sero survey in Odisha began on Rath Yatra in Puri, on the direction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. “It has also been completed in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation limits and currently being carried out in Badamba Narsinghpur. Cuttack urban, Gajapati and Rourkela will be covered thereafter,” she added.

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