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Prevalence of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) in Odisha ,India.

Due to the practice of endogamy and consanguineous marriages sickle gene frequency  is very high ranging from 5% to 40% & distributed in 3 different geographic zones in India. The State of Odisha falls into the High prevalence zone (21-40%) .            
There are an estimated 6 lac individuals affected by sickle cell ailment in Odisha of which more then 90 % stay in  13 districts of Western Odisha namely Sambalpur, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sonepur, Kalahandi, Boudh, Phulbani, Nuapada, Dhenkanal & Angul.