Incidence of Animal Bites

The incidence of animal bites varies around the world (see Table 31.1). Bites tend to occur in the summer months because people are interacting with the animals or out in the countryside. Household pet bites in male children are the most common bites, followed by human bites as a consequence of altercations, bites by farm animals, and bites by wild animals. Most bites are caused by farm and pet dogs, followed by cats, horses, cows, and other farm animals. Rarer bites such as tiger, squirrel, and bat do occur. The extremities are the most common area bitten, followed by the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, and genitals (Table 31.1) (1-15).

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