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May 18-24 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week: KDHE, KVMA, and One Health Kansas Offer Tips to Prevent Dog Bites

Each year 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States and half of these are children. Nearly 800,000 bites are serious enough to require medical attention. In Kansas, there were 279 people hospitalized for dog bites from 2007 – 2011. Sixty-two, or 23 percent, of the 279 people hospitalized were children less than nine years of age.

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