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The incidence of public sector hospitalisations due to dog bites in Australia 2001-2013

Rajshekar, M, Blizzard, L ORCID: 0000-0002-9541-6943, Julian, R ORCID: 0000-0003-0634-2055, Williams, AM ORCID: 0000-0002-1545-174X, Tennant, M, Forrest, A, Walsh, LJ and Wilson, G 2017 , 'The incidence of public sector hospitalisations due to dog bites in Australia 2001-2013' , Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 41, no. 4 , pp. 377-380 , doi:

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Objective: To estimate the incidence of dog bite-related injuries requiring public sector hospitalisation in Australia during the period 2001-13.Methods: Summary data on public sector hospitalisations due to dog bite-related injuries with an ICD 10-AM W54.0 coding were sourced from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for the study period 2001-2013.Results: In Australia, on average, 2,061 persons were hospitalised each year for treatment for dog bite injuries at an annual rate of 12.39 (95%CI 12.25-12.53) per 100,000 during 2001-13. The highest annual rates of 25.95 (95%CI 25.16-26.72) and 18.42 (95%CI 17.75-19.07) per 100,000 were for age groups 0-4 and 5-9 years respectively. Rates of recorded events increased over the study period and reached 16.15 (95%CI 15.78-16.52) per 100,000 during 2011-13.Conclusion: Dog bites are a largely unrecognised and growing public health problem in Australia. Implications for public health: There is an increasing public sector burden of hospitalisations for injuries from dog bites in Australia.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Rajshekar, M and Blizzard, L and Julian, R and Williams, AM and Tennant, M and Forrest, A and Walsh, LJ and Wilson, G
Keywords: bublic health, dog bites, dog bite injury, hospitalisations from dog bites, dog bite incidence in Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1753-6405
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