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Compendium June 2008 (Vol 30, No 6)

News Bites (June 2008)

    Postal Workers Join Veterinarians and Pediatricians to Prevent Dog Bites

    In an effort to reduce the number of people bitten by dogs (4.7 million/year), the United States Postal Service (USPS) teamed up with the AVMA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in sponsoring the most recent Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 18 through 24, 2008). After small children and older people, postal service employees are the third most common victims of dog bites. "Children are particularly vulnerable to this type of injury because of their smaller size and their inexperience with animals," says Renee R. Jenkins, MD, FAAP, president of the AAP. "Adults should be sure to properly choose and socialize pets and teach their children how to be safe around dogs—both those they know and those they don't know." Approximately 800,000 Americans, half of whom are children, receive medical attention for dog bites every year. With appropriate education and public awareness, dog bites are a preventable public health problem. The AVMA has developed a brochure, available at www.avma.org/press/publichealth/dogbite/mediakit.asp, that offers tips on how to avoid being bitten, what dog owners can do to prevent their dogs from biting, and how to treat dog bites. Very few public health crises can be resolved with education alone, but dog bites can be. (Source: The AVMA)

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