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Journal of Applied and Natural Science
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Journal of Applied and Natural Science 6 (1): 38-40 (2014)
A study on dog bite incidence in Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, India
V. Khan1*, D. B. Zala,1 K. M. Joshi and V.K. Das2
1Directorate of Medical and Health Services, UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa -396230, INDIA
2Sri Vinoba Bhave Civil Hospital, UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa -396230, INDIA
*Corresponding author.
Abstract : The injuries caused by dog bites have grown to such epidemic proportions that they are now considered a major public health concern. The epidemiology of dog bites in the UT of Dadra & Nagar Haveli has been evaluated, for the year 2012. This assessment included victims age, sex, biting site and season of the year. During the study, a total of 938 dog bites, were reported from aforesaid place. Of all the dog bites reported, 39.6% victim belonged to age group upto 0-15 year (children) and 60.4% were more than 15 years old (adults). The majority of the incidents 40.8% occurred during the pre monsoon period (1-20 weeks). There was no case of rabies. There is a need to educate the public about the magnitude of dog-bite problems, enforce leash laws and impound stray dogs as an integral part of prevention programs.

Keywords :Dog bite, Hydrophobia, Rabies
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