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Table 3 Prevalence rate of ectoparasites infestation based on season, sex and age

From: Prevalence assessment of ectoparasitic arthropods among commonly consumed wildlife in Nsukka, southeast Nigeria

Parasite recovered Season Sex Age
Dry Rainy S Male Female S Juvenile Adult S
N 17 16   16 17   16 16  
Ticks          
 Amblyomma spp. 17 (21.5) 18 (28.1) 0.361 15 (21.4) 20 (27.4) 0.407 16 (23.5) 19 (25.3) 0.8
 Boophilus decoloratus 4 (5.1) 5 (7.8) 0.501 4 (5.7) 5 (6.8) 0.78 2 (2.9) 7 (9.3) 0.11
 Dermacentor variabilis 3 (3.8) 4 (6.2) 0.499 4 (5.7) 3 (4.1) 0.65 1 (1.5) 6 (8.0) 0.07*
 Ixodes holocyclus 8 (10.1) 8 (12.5) 0.654 12 (17.1) 4 (5.5) 0.02* 8 (11.8) 8 (10.7) 0.83
 Rhipicephalus spp. 7 (8.9) 6 (9.4) 0.915 8 (11.4) 5 (6.8) 0.34 1 (1.5) 12 (16.0) 0.03*
Fleas          
 Xenopsylla cheopis 6 (7.6) 5 (7.8) 0.961 6 (7.6) 5 (7.8) 0.961 4 (5.9) 7 (9.3) 0.43
 Spilopsyllus cuniculi 4 (5.1) 3 (4.7) 0.918 3 (4.3) 4 (5.5) 0.741 0 (0) 7 (9.3) 0.01*
Lice          
 Polyplax spinulosa 8 (10.1) 12 (18.8) 0.139 8 (11.4) 12 (16.4) 0.38 6 (8.8) 14 (18.7) 0.09*
 Bovicola spp. 9 (11.4) 8 (12.7) 0.812 10 (14.3) 7 (9.7) 0.402 5 (7.5) 12 (16.0) 0.11
 Goniocotes spp. 9 (11.4 12 (18.8) 0.299 5 (7.1) 3 (4.1) 0.43 3 (4.4) 5 (6.7) 0.55
Mites          
 Dermanyssus gallinae 3 (3.8) 2 (3.1) 0.828 4 (5.7) 1 (3.5) 0.15 2 (2.9) 3 (4.0) 0.73
  1. The comparison is between season (dry and rainy), sex (male and female) and age (juvenile and adult) N = number of bushmeat sampled; values are presented as infected (%), S = significance, *p ≤ 0.05