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Animal Bites

Bite wounds account for approximately 1% of all emergency room visit

1 million-3.5 million animal bites occur each year

Dogs (80-90%) and cats (10%) are the most common animals involved

Most bites are provoked tick infection, dog bite, cat bite, insect sting attacks by animals known to the victim

Bite Epidemiology

Location of Bite Victim Characteristics

Hand 39% > 17 years 41%
Arm/leg 33% 6-17 years 34%
Face/head/neck 24% < 6 years 25%
Trunk 5% Spring/Summer 66%
    Infection 13%

Most common dogs involved