Fox faeces and vole distribution on a local range: ecological data in a parasitological perspective for Echinococcus multilocularis.

Abstract : The completion of the life cycle of Echinococcus multilocularis needs a spatial overlap between intermediate host species (voles) and definitive host (fox) faeces. Factors influencing the importance of this overlap were investigated in north eastern France. Kilometric transects were walked to collect fox faeces and to estimate vole relative densities through surface indices. Habitat and climatic conditions were the strongest predictors of the number of faeces collected, while vole densities had no predictive power. Densities of both Microtus sp. and fox faeces were higher in medium-height vegetation edge. The consequences of such results to understand local transmission processes and human exposure are discussed.
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M. H. Guislain, F. Raoul, M. L. Poulle, P. Giraudoux. Fox faeces and vole distribution on a local range: ecological data in a parasitological perspective for Echinococcus multilocularis.. Parasite, EDP Sciences, 2007, 14 (4), pp.299-308. ⟨hal-00340053⟩

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