Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in urban and rural Ethiopia: Randomized household serosurveys reveal level of spread during the first wave of the pandemic

May 7, 2021

Abdella S, Riou S, Tessema M, et al.

EClinicalMedicine

Researchers evaluated seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in Ethiopia using the COVID-19 IgM/IgG rapid test. In the capital city of Addis Ababa, 956 households were tested, and in rural Jimma region, 900 were tested. Results showed that between 22 July and 10 August, Addis Ababa had a 1.9% prevalence of IgG, and a combined IgM/IgG prevalence of 3.5%. Between 19 August and 2 September, Jimma had a prevalence of IgG at 0.5% and IgM/IgG at 1.6%. In Addis Ababa, prevalence was slightly higher for men and lower in the 18-34 age group, whereas in Jimma no difference was detected in those categories. These data show more COVID-19 disease in the capital city than in rural areas and demonstrate a slower spread of SARS-CoV-2 in Ethiopia in comparison to other countries in Europe and America.

Abdella S, Riou S, Tessema M, et al. Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in urban and rural Ethiopia: Randomized household serosurveys reveal level of spread during the first wave of the pandemic. EClinicalMedicine 2021; : 100880.

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