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Table 4 Prevalence of exposure and infection with B. persica and clinical characteristics in cats as determined by PCR followed by DNA sequencing and antibody detection by ELISA

From: Infection and seroprevalence of Borrelia persica in domestic cats and dogs in Israel

Variable Number of cats tested PCR+ (%) Seropositive (%)a PCR+ or seropositive (%)b
Fever
Yes
No
Total
5
71
76
0 (0)
1 (2.8)
1 (2.6)
1 (20)
12 (16.9)
13 (17.1)
1 (20)
13 (18)
14 (18.4)
Statistical significance    χ2 = 0.0001, df = 1, P = 1 χ2 = 0.0001, df = 1, P = 1
Lethargy
Yes
No
Total
7
51
58
0 (0)
1(2)
1 (1.7)
2 (28.6)
9 (17.6)
11 (19)
2 (28.6)
10 (19.6)
12 (20.7)
Statistical significance    χ2 = 0.031, df = 1, P = 0.859 χ2 = 0.003, df = 1, P = 0.959
Bleeding
Yes
No
Total
2
86
88
0 (0)
1 (1.1)
1 (1.1)
0 (0)
14 (16)
14 (15.7)
0 (0)
15 (17.4)
15 (17)
Statistical significance    χ2 = 0.0001, df = 1, P = 1 χ2 = 0.0001, df = 1, P = 1
Inappetence
Yes
No
Total
14
74
88
0 (0)
1 (1.4)
1 (1.1)
3 (21.4)
11 (14.8)
14 (15.9)
3 (21.4)
12 (16.2)
15 (17)
Statistical significance    χ2 = 0.047, df = 1, P = 0.828 χ2 = 0.008, df = 1, P = 0.930
Icterus
Yes
No
Total
4
84
88
0 (0)
2 (2.4)
2 (2.3)
1 (25)
12 (14.3)
13 (14.8)
1 (25)
13 (15.4)
14 (15.9)
Statistical significance    χ2 = 0.0001, df = 1, P = 1 χ2 = 0.0001, df = 1, P = 1
Anemia
Yes
No
Total
7
81
88
1 (14.3)
1 (1.2)
2 (2.3)
5 (71.4)
8 (9.9)
13 (14.8)
6 (85.7)
8 (9.9)
14 (15.9)
Statistical significance    *χ2 = 14.808, df = 1, P = 0.0001 *χ2 = 22.321, df = 1, P
Thrombocytopenia
Yes
No
Total
2
85
87
1 (50)
0 (0)
1 (1.1)
1 (50)
12 (14.1)
13 (14.9)
2 (100)
12 (14.1)
13 (14.9)
Statistical significance    χ2 = 0.163, df = 1, P = 0.686 *χ2 = 5.261, df = 1, P = 0.022
  1. *Statistical significance association found between the variable above and a positive test result
  2. aStatistical significance shown is based on serology results only
  3. bStatistical significance shown is based on combined serology and PCR results