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Table 1 Number of fleas tested and positive for Rickettsia felis and number of animals on which fleas were collected from different geographical areas of Italy.

From: Occurrence of Rickettsia felis in dog and cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) from Italy

Species Province (area of Italy) Examined fleas/animalsa Positive fleas/animals R. felis prevalence in fleas, %
Cat Belluno (ne) 1/1 0 -
  Padova (ne) 9/9 2/2 22.2
  Venezia (ne) 39/13 5/3 12.8
  Verona (ne) 17/15 6/6 35.3
  Napoli (sw) 8/6 0 0.0
  Total fleas/cats 74/44 13/11 17.6
Dog Belluno (ne) 1/1 1/1 -
  Padova (ne) 34/9 10/2 29.4
  Venezia (ne) 6/3 1/1 16.7
  Verona (ne) 5/2 1/1 20.0
  Napoli (sw) 97b/29 7/5 7.2
  Caserta (sw) 62c/8 5/4 8.0
  Avellino (sw) 2/1 0 -
  Bari (se) 39/20 0 0.0
  Total fleas/dogs 246/73 25/14 10.2
  Total 320/117 38/25 11.9
  1. a fleas/animals = number of fleas examined and collected from a number of animals.
  2. b Including 62 Ctenocephalides canis fleas.
  3. c Including one Ctenocephalides canis flea.
  4. se, south-eastern Italy; ne, north-eastern Italy; sw, south-western Italy.