What is the global frequency of animal bites?

Updated: Sep 18, 2018
  • Author: Alisha Perkins Garth, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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The lack of standard reporting in many countries makes accurate estimates of mammalian bite incidence difficult to determine. Depending on locale, the range of animals inflicting bites is wide and includes large cats (tigers, lions, leopards), wild dogs, hyenas, wolves (Eurasia), crocodiles, and other reptiles. As in the United States, most bites, however, are from domestic dogs. In developing countries, mammalian bites (especially bites by dogs, cats, foxes, skunks, and raccoons) carry a high risk of rabies infection.


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