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Volume 14, Number 1—January 2008
International Polar Year


Spatial Distribution of Echinococcus multilocularis, Svalbard, Norway

Eva Fuglei*Comments to Author , Audun Stien†, Nigel G. Yoccoz‡, Rolf A. Ims‡, Nina E. Eide†, Pål Prestrud§, Peter Deplazes¶, and Antti Oksanen#
Author affiliations: *Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway; †Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Tromsø, Norway; ‡University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway; §Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, Norway; ¶University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland; #Finnish Food Safety Authority, Evira, Finland;

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Results of coproantigen ELISA tests of arctic fox feces for Echinococcus multilocularis*

Area Distance, km† 2000
n No. positive Proportion positive 95% CI n No. positive Proportion positive 95% CI
Grumant 0 35 7 0.20 0.10–0.36 224 135 0.60 0.54–0.66
Bjørndalen 2–6 13 0 0 0–0.23 9 0 0 0–0.30
Nordenskiöld Land 6–40 91 0 0 0–0.04 74 0 0 0–0.05
Distant 110–130 0 0 0 NA 27 2 0.07 0.02–0.23

*Samples were collected in 2000 and 2004 from Grumant to Lille Bjørndalen (Grumant), from the neighboring valley Bjørndalen (Bjørndalen), from an extended area on Nordenskiöld Land peninsula (Nordenskiöld Land); and from the Ny–Ålesund and Hornsund area (Distant). CI, confidence interval.
†Approximate distance from the Grumant area.

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