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Study Finds 84.4% People In Kashmir Exposed To Covid-19

Srinagar, Anantnag Have Highest Seroprevalance; People Urged To Follow CAB, Go For Vaccination

SRINAGATR: A pan-Kashmir study has found an overall 84.4% seroprevalence of IgG antibody against COVID-19. This means that more than 2/3rd the population had been exposed to the virus.

The pan-Kashmir cross-sectional sero-study was conducted among general population and various subsets of population which include police personnel, healthcare workers, pregnant women by government medical college Srinagar in collaboration with Community Medicine departments of SKIMS, SKIMS Medical College Srinagar, Government Medical College Anantnag and Government Medical College Baramullah with full support and cooperation from directorate of health sciences Kashmir and supported by National Health Mission.

The Department of Community Medicine GMC Srinagar was the nodal center while all testing procedures were conducted by department of Biochemistry, GMC Srinagar. The study has been approved by the institutional ethics committee of GMC Srinagar.

In the general population of seven years and above, the study was conducted in all 10 districts of Kashmir. Data were collected in the month of July 2021 with each medical college mentoring two districts. Within each district, 10 clusters were randomly selected and within each cluster 40 samples were collected from individuals more than 7 years of age after obtaining proper informed consent for the study, officials told GNS.

 

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