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Table 2

Values for descriptors of fox and cat faeces deposits and proportion of vegetable gardens with at least one soil sample testing positive for Echinococcus multilocularis DNA in the three classes of intensity of faecal deposits.

Descriptors (definition) Species Intensity of faecal deposit
Null
Moderate
High
n = 13 n = 22 n = 15
Cumulative faecal density Fox 0 1.19 (±0.25) 2.87 (±1.71)
Mean (± SE) number of faeces deposits per 100 m2 Cat 0 2.23 (±0.55) 5.69 (±2.16)
Fox 0 0.66 (±0.17) 1.12 (±0.55)
Mean (± SE) number of faeces deposits per 100 m2 relative to the number of sessions with faeces found Cat 0 1.36 (±0.30) 2.08 (±1.02)
Visit rate Fox 0 0.25 [0.15–0.36] 0.17 [0.07–0.26]
Proportion [95% CI] of sessions with faeces collected relative to the total number of sessions Cat 0 0.24 [0.17–0.32] 0.38 [0.28–0.45]
Proportion of vegetable gardens with E. multilocularis-positive soil samples 6/13 6/22 9/15
Percentage [95% CI] 46.2% [20.4–73.9] 27.3% [11.6–50.4] 60% [32.9–82.5]

SE: standard error; 95% CI: 95% confidence interval.

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