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


Rajshekar, M and Blizzard, L and Julian, R and Williams, AM and Tennant, M and Forrest, A and Walsh, LJ and Wilson, G, The incidence of public sector hospitalisations due to dog bites in Australia 2001-2013, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41, (4) pp. 377-380. ISSN 1753-6405 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/1753-6405.12630


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:bublic health, dog bites, dog bite injury, hospitalisations from dog bites, dog bite incidence in Australia
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Injury prevention and control
UTAS Author:Rajshekar, M (Dr Mithun Rajshekar)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
UTAS Author:Williams, AM (Dr Anne-Marie Williams)
ID Code:118893
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-07-21
Last Modified:2018-09-11
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