What is the frequency of animal bites in the US?

Updated: Sep 18, 2018
  • Author: Alisha Perkins Garth, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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Of an estimated 3-6 million animal bites per year in the United States, [12] approximately 80-90% are from dogs, 5-15% are from cats, and 2-5% are from rodents, with the balance from other small animals (eg, rabbits, ferrets), farm animals, monkeys, reptiles, and others.

Out of the 4.5 million estimated dog bites that occur each year, nearly 1 out of every 5 requires medical attention. [2] Reports estimate that in 2008, of the 316,000 ED visits, 2.5% required hospital admission. This number has been on this rise since 1993. There is also increased frequency in rural areas and in the Midwest and Northeast regions. [3]


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