rds175149In the 12 months to May 2013 there were 6,334 hospital admissions for dog bites or strikes, a fall of 1.9 per cent from the 12 months to May 2012 where there were 6,454.

Today’s report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows that Yorkshire and the Humber had the second highest number of admissions for dog bites or strikes (14.6 per cent or 925 admissions) and admissions were lowest in the South East Coast (3.6 per cent or 229 admissions).

The report also covers hospital admissions for bites, strikes and stings from other mammals, non-venomous arthropods, hornets, wasps and bees in addition to dog bites or strikes.The figures show there were 58.3 per cent fewer admissions for stings from hornets, wasps or bees compared to the 12 months to May 2012 (552 compared to 1,324).

The figures are from a special topic on bites, strikes and stings due to certain animals and insects presented as part of the monthly provisional Hospital Episode Statistics publication, which shows admissions data broken down by patient demographics, region and type of injury.

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