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Animal Bite Investigations Trending to Exceed 700 in 2017
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) investigated 675 potential rabies exposures in 2016 with 66% (or 455) of those being dog bites. Last year 55 people received the rabies vaccine post exposure, 10 of which were due to dog bite exposures. Dog bites accounted for 76% of all the reported animal bites in children aged 12 and under, however the chance of contracting rabies is very low.
September 28, 2017 has been declared World Rabies Day. This day is aimed at raising awareness about the impact of rabies, how easy it is to prevent and
how to eliminate the main sources. That is why dog bite prevention is the key to reducing the number of rabies exposures, especially in children. It
is also why pet owners need to vaccinate their pets against rabies.
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| Jayne Leibel
Communications Consultant, Primary Health Care
Primary Health Care
| Anne Lindemann