May 14, 2024, 16:25

Annually, over 59,000 fatalities globally result mostly from dog bites

Roughly every 9 minutes, a person dies following an animal bite incident worldwide, exposure to dogs in particular, with 40% of these fatalities affecting children under 15 years old.

Dr. Aron Aregay, Acting Head of Health Programs at the Country Office in Ukraine, disclosed this information during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“Globally, we have on an annual basis, on average, more than 59,000 deaths from rabies, mostly from dog bites. And if you take the numbers, it’s pretty much one death per 9 minutes, and 40% of this mortality is among children, which are age 15 and less. This is known because a lot of children more than adults are exposed to dog and pet bites. And children are one of the major risk groups, when we consider rabies,” explained Dr. Aron Aregay.

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