Injuries due to Animal Bites: A Descriptive Study

  • Ali Majidpour Department of infectious dieases, Tehran University of medical sciences
  • Homayoun Sadeghi-Bazargani
  • Shahin Habibzadeh Ardabil University of medical sciences
Keywords: Trauma, Injuries, Animal bites, Epidemiology

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess some epidemiologic features of animal bites in Ardabil Province.

Methods: In this descriptive study questionnaires were completed to collect epidemiologic data for all cases of animal bites reported during a one year period in Ardabil Province.

Results: The total number of subjects exposed to animal bites was 4331. Males comprised 75% of cases and 1072 (25%) were female victims. The highest incidence rate was observed in 30-50 years age group. Animal bites were more common in summer. In 3078 cases (70.89%), legs were the main site of bite.

Conclusion: This study confirms that animal bites, as possible rabies exposures, make an important public health problem in Ardabil Province north-west of Iran.

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Published
2012-03-01
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Short Communications