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Table 1 Results of molecular analysis (positive samples from PCR and sequencing) and coproscopic examination of cat faeces

From: First report of Echinococcus multilocularis in cats in Poland: a monitoring study in cats and dogs from a rural area and animal shelter in a highly endemic region

Technique Parasite Privately-owned cats (N = 39) Shelter cats (N = 28) Total (N = 67)
n % (95% CI) n % (95% CI) n % (95% CI)
PCR Echinococcus multilocularis 0 0.0 (0.0–0.1) 4 14.3 (5.7–31.5) 4 6.0 (2.4–14.4)
Taenia spp.a 8 20.5 (10.8–35.5) 2 7.1 (2.0–22.6) 10 14.9 (8.3–25.3)
Mesocestoides litteratus 2 5.1 (1.4–16.9) 2 7.1 (2.0–22.6) 4 6.0 (2.4–14.4)
Coproscopy Taeniidae 6 15.4 (7.2–29.7) 0 0.0 (0.0–12.1) 6 9.0 (4.2–18.2)
Capillaria 3 7.7 (2.7–20.3) 1 3.6 (0.1–17.7) 4 6.0 (2.4–14.4)
Toxocara cati 8 20.5 (10.8–35.5) 10 35.3 (20.7–54.2) 18 26.9 (17.7–38.5)
Total nematodes 10 25.6 (14.6–46.4) 11 39.3 (23.6–57.6) 21 31.3 (21.5–43.2)
Total helminths 12 30.8 (18.6–46.4) 11 39.3 (23.6–57.6) 23 34.3 (24.1–46.3)
PCR and coproscopy Total tapeworms 11 28.2 (16.6–43.8) 7 25.0 (12.7–43.4) 18 26.9 (17.7–38.5)
Total helminths 16 41.0 (27.1–56.6) 13 46.4 (29.5–64.2) 29 43.3 (32.1–55.2)
  1. aTaenia taeniaeformis (7 privately-owned cats and 2 shelter cats), T. hydatigena (one privately-owned cat)