How does the incidence of animal bites vary by age?

Updated: Sep 18, 2018
  • Author: Alisha Perkins Garth, MD; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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The average age of an individual presenting with a dog bite is approximately 30 years, and 75% of all animal bite patients are less than 45 years of age. [3] The peak incidence of animal bites, specifically dog bites, occurs among children aged 5-9 years. [14, 12, 11] Hospital admission rates are higher at the extremes of age. [3]


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