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BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 30 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2991

Poor areas have most admissions for dog bites: Hospital admissions for bites and strikes by dogs among people living in the 10% most deprived areas of England were three times as high as in the 10% least deprived areas (24.1 versus 8.1 per 100 000 admissions), show new figures for 2013 from the Health and Social Care Information Centre. There were 9710 hospital admissions for injuries caused by dogs and other mammals (such as horses, foxes, and cats), a rise of 7% on the 9080 admissions in 2012. Dog bites and strikes accounted for …

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