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Table 5 Correlation in optical density for Borrelia and TBEV ELISA assays in the Scandinavian brown bears

From: Serological signature of tick-borne pathogens in Scandinavian brown bears over two decades

Area Age group N r p
North Yearlings (0–1) 124 0.066 0.4642
North Juveniles (2–3) 58 0.110 0.4101
North Young (4–5) 56 0.188 0.1661
North Middle (6–9) 86 0.409 <0.0001
North Old (10–14) 40 0.126 0.4398
North Older (15–29) 20 0.188 0.4265
South Yearlings (0–1) 245 0.130 0.0414
South Juveniles (2–3) 130 0.198 0.0240
South Young (4–5) 114 0.175 0.0631
South Middle (6–9) 129 0.069 0.4340
South Old (10–14) 86 0.171 0.1164
South Older (15–29) 53 0.341 0.0124
  1. Pearson’s correlation coefficient for the optical density between the Borrelia and TBEV assays is positive for all 12 combinations of age group and area for brown bears in Sweden. The area, age group, sample size (N), Pearson’s correlation coefficient (r) and p-value (p) are shown