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Dog bite injuries 'rise by 5%'

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Dog bite injuries are on the increase, according to the NHS Information Centre.

In 2010-11 there were 6,120 hospital admissions due to dog-related injuries.

This represents an 5% increase from the previous year, and the figure is approximately half the 12,410 animal-related injuries during the 12-month period, which itself was up 1.8% compared to the last year.

April was a particularly bad month for hospital admissions caused by dogs, while the North West seems to be a dog bite hotspot.

One in six of those injured by a dog was a child under the age of 10.

NHS Information Centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: “Our statistics show that the summer is a seasonal hotspot for admissions to hospital for injuries caused by dogs, coupled with a 5% rise overall for such admissions between the latest and previous 12-month period.”




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  • totally irrelevant. what is needed is information on what legal measures are being taken to prevent dog bites.

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