Bhubaneswar: The sero survey in Gajapati district has revealed an overall antibody prevalence of around 65 per cent, which is the highest among all the sero surveys conducted in Odisha, informed Bhubaneswar RMRC Director Sanghamitra Pati on Thursday.
She said that multi-stage random sampling or cluster sampling was carried out by five teams from RMRC at Paralakhemundi from September 15 to 18. A total of 1515 samples were collected including 984 from the community and 531 from high risk group.
“Data analysis of the samples revealed that 2/3rd of the people or 64.67, approximately 65, per cent had developed antibodies. The level of seroprevalence was 64 per cent to 92 per cent in some wards,” said Pati.
“Seroprevalence among the high risk group which includes COVID Warriors was 40 per cent to 85 per cent. It was highest of 54 per cent among the police personnel followed by healthcare workers at 50 per cent,” she added.
She further said 95 per cent of them had no symptoms and more half of them had undergone rapid antigen tests. Another positive outcome was out of all the sero surveys conducted till date, antibody was found more in women for the first time.
The next sero survey will be conducted in Malkangiri from October 5. Following this, the third phase of sero survey will be held in Bhubaneswar and thereafter the first phase of sero survey in Cuttack.