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November 2, 1935


JAMA. 1935;105(18):1432. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760440042013

Bites by domestic animals, particularly dogs, are not as uncommon today as might be believed. A recent statistical survey1 contains the rather surprising statement that in New York City alone there was a total of 20,416 instances of bites by animals reported to the department of health during 1934 and that 19,443 of these were inflicted by dogs. Laboratory examinations of specimens of the available biting dogs showed that forty-four were rabid. The survey further shows that there has been a steady increase in the number of reported instances of dog bites in New York since 1908 and that, despite the availability of satisfactory antirabic vaccines, the number of deaths from human rabies has remained virtually unaltered for the past twenty-five years both in New York City and in the country at large. There were sixty-five fatal cases of human rabies in the registration area of the United States