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Dog bite hospital admissions rise

12th August 2011

The number of admissions to hospitals in England for serious dog-related injuries has risen by 5% in the last year.

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NHS Information Centre figures have revealed that from May 2010 to April 2011 there were 6,120 hospital admissions compared to 5,810 for the previous year.

A sixth of those admissions involved children under 10, with a significant number of incidents being reported in the warmer months.

Figures peaked in April 2011 with 640 admissions, the highest for two years.

The north-west of England had the most cases with 1,090 people admitted to hospital as a result of dog bites.

The NHS report found that dog-related injuries accounted for about half of all the 12,410 admissions caused by being bitten or struck by various creatures in the 12 months to April 2011.

It has also emerged that there has been a 19% increase to hospital from bites or stings from insects such as bedbugs, mosquitoes and fleas, from 3,040 to 3,620 with the highest number of cases in London.

There were 2,560 admissions due to people being bitten or struck by other animals including cows, horses and pigs, up 8%.

Overall hospital admissions rose by 1.8% in the period studied.

Tim Straughan, NHS Information Centre chief executive, said: “Our statistics show that the summer is a seasonal hotspot for admissions to hospital for injuries caused by dogs.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) warned that owners are ultimately responsible for making sure that their pet does not pose a risk to other people.

 

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