Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dog bite hospital admissions rise

Dog bite hospital admissions rise

Dog bite hospital admissions rise. More people admitted to hospital after dog injuries. Hospital admissions for serious dog-related injuries rose by 5% in England last year, according to NHS data.

There were 6,120 hospital admissions from May 2010 to April 2011, up from 5,810 the previous year, figures from The NHS Information Centre show. One in six dog injury admissions in the year up to April involved a child aged under 10.

A spokesman for the NHS Information Centre said summer was a "seasonal hotspot" for dog injuries.

Incidents of people being bitten or struck by dogs peaked in April this year with 640 admissions - the highest monthly figure for two years.

The north west had the highest number of admissions for dog bites or other injuries, with 1,090.

The report also shows 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.

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