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April 15, 1998

Injuries From Dog Bites

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(15):1174. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-15-jbk0415

To the Editor.—Two points from the article on dog bites by Mr Weiss and colleagues1 deserve emphasis and further explanation. The authors indicate that the "[i]ncidence rates [for dog bites] were significantly higher among children aged 0 to 9 years, especially . . . boys" and that "[a]mong children aged 0 to 9 years, 73% of the injuries with attributed injury site were to the face, head, and neck, while all other ages had only 30% of the injuries occur to the face, head, and neck."

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