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Table 3 Total number (No.) and percentage (%) of single and multiple infections of ticks with Borrelia afzelii (AF), B. garinii (GA), B. valaisiana (VA), B. burgdorferi s.s. (SS) and B. lusitaniae (LU) at the three collection sites

From: Abundance of Ixodes ricinus and prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. in the nature reserve Siebengebirge, Germany, in comparison to three former studies from 1978 onwards

Plant community Fraxino-Aceretum pseudoplatani Luzulo-Fagetum milieotosum Galio-Fagetum typicum
Geno- 2007 2008 2007 2008 2007 2008
species No.a %b No.a %b No.a %b No.a %b No.a %b No.a %b
AF 6 30.0 51 15.2 3 5.9 2 3.4 26 41.9 4 16.7
GA 4 20.0 133 39.4 25 49.0 23 39.0 6 9.7 61 25.0
VA 3 15.0 6 18.2 1 2.0 4 6.8 1 1.6 52 20.8
SS 0 0.0 4 12.1 0 0.0 121 20.3 0 0.0 2 8.3
LU 0 0.0 0 0.0 71 13.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
AF/GA 3 15.0 21 6.1 7 13.7 1 1.7 203 32.3 2 8.3
AF/VA 2 10.0 1 3.0 0 0.0 1 1.7 1 1.6 2 8.3
AF/SS 0 0.0 1 3.0 0 0.0 4 6.8 41 6.5 1 4.2
GA/VA 1 5.0 1 3.0 1 2.0 2 3.4 1 1.6 0 0.0
GA/SS 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 6 10.2 0 0.0 11 4.2
GA/LU 0 0.0 0 0.0 7 13.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
VA/LU 1 5.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
AF/GA/VA 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 4.2
AF/GA/SS 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 4 6.8 3 4.8 0 0.0
Total 20 100 33 100 51 100 59 100 62 100 24 100
  1. a superscripts indicate the corresponding numbers of adult ticks with the respective infection.
  2. b calculated from the total number of infected ticks used for genospecies identification in the respective year and from the respective site.