dog bite

dog bite2016-12-27T22:11:17+00:00
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dog bite

dog bite 

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A self-explanatory term for the clamping of skin and subjacent tissues between the upper and lower mandible of a dog, which may cause puncture wounds, lacerations, nerve damage, disfigurement, act as a microbial vector or, in the extreme case, death.

Between 1979 and 1988, the CDC identified 157 dog bite-related fatalities; 70% were ≤ age 10; the death rate for neonates was 370-fold greater than that of adults; in the study, the pit

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severe dog bite

bulldog, a relatively uncommon breed, lived up to its ‘junk yard dog’ reputation, and caused 41% of deaths, where breed was reported, > 3-fold higher than the nearest “mean ol’ dog,” the German shepherd; recent statistics in the US confirm the death rate from dog bites ±16/year 

 

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