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Table 3 Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi (s.l.) and Rickettsia spp. in small mammals collected from 2012 to 2014 in Saxony, Germany

From: The enzootic life-cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) and tick-borne rickettsiae: an epidemiological study on wild-living small mammals and their ticks from Saxony, Germany

Small mammal species No. of small mammals captured No. of small mammals positive for Rickettsia spp. by qPCR (%) No. of small mammals positive for Borrelia spp. by qPCR (%) No. of samples selected for identification of Borrelia spp. (MLST) No. of samples selected for identification of Rickettsia spp. (ompB) Species identification for Rickettsia spp.
Apodemus flavicollis 214 50 (23.4) 64 (25.4) 0 5 R. helvetica; 1× R. felis
Apodemus agrarius 7 0 (0) 3 (42.9) 0 0  
Myodes glareolus 435 114 143 (32.9) 5 (4× ST 165; 1× ST 559) 12a R. raoultii; 5× R. helvetica
Microtus arvalis 8 0 (0) 5 (62.5) 0 0  
Otherb 9 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0  
Total 673 170 (25.3) 210 (31.2) 5 12 R. helvetica;R. felis; 5× R. raoultii
  1. aTwo samples could not be further determined, amplification was not possible by conventional with the target gene ompB
  2. bOther: Mustela nivalis (n = 2); Sorex araneus (n = 5); Talpa europaea (n = 1); Microtus agrestis (n = 1)