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Spatial spreading of Echinococcus multilocularis in Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) across nation borders in Western Europe
Vervaeke, M. [> > > >]
van der Giessen, J. [> > > >]
Brochier, B. [> > > >]
Losson, Bertrand mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des maladies infectieuses et parasitaires > Parasitologie et pathologie des maladies parasitaires >]
Jordaens, K. [> > > >]
Verhagen, R. [> > > >]
Coulander, C. D. [> > > >]
Teunis, P. [> > > >]
Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Elsevier Science Bv
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[en] Echinococcus multilocularis ; Vulpes vulpes ; spatial analysis ; Belgium ; The Netherlands
[en] The occurrence of the fox tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis in Red foxes was studied in Belgium and a neighbouring region in The Netherlands. A total number of 1202 foxes were analysed (1018 in Belgium and 184 in The Netherlands) of which 179 were infected with E. multilocularis (164 in Belgium and 15 in The Netherlands). Further, the spatial distribution of infection among sampled foxes was analysed with an ellipsoidal gradient, demonstrating a decreasing prevalence in northwestern direction. Using this gradient, we showed that the spatial patterns of infection in Belgium and the neighbouring region in The Netherlands correspond, indicating a continuous distribution of E. multilocularis across the nation borders. Part of the Belgian data allowed investigating temporal changes in the spatial distribution of E. multilocularis. This revealed a northwestern spread of E. multilocularis. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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