North west a hotspot for dog bites
Tuesday 3rd September 2013, 10:30AM BST.
One in every six hospital admissions for dog bites or attacks occurs in the north west of England, according to new figures.
While the overall number of hospital admissions relating to injuries from dogs has fallen, the north west accounted for 17.4% of all admissions for dog bites or attacks in the 12 months to May, the equivalent of 1,099 admissions.
The data, from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), show there were 6,334 hospital admissions overall for dog bites or attacks in England, a fall of 1.9% on the previous year.
Yorkshire and the Humber had the second highest number of admissions (14.6% or 925 admissions) while the south east coast area had the lowest (3.6% or 229 admissions).
In March, 14-year-old Jade Anderson died in Atherton, near Wigan, after being attacked by four dogs.
She was mauled by two Staffordshire bull terriers and two bull mastiffs while at a friend’s house.
Today’s data shows dog bites or strikes were most common in young children, with one in six of all hospital admissions for children aged nine or under (17.1% of admissions or 1,080).
When the HSCIC rates are analysed per 100,000 of population, admissions following dog attacks were highest in the north east (21.6 per 100,000) and Yorkshire and the Humber (17.5), and lowest in London (7.4) and the south east coast (5.1).
Other data for bites, attacks and stings from other mammals, non-venomous arthropods, hornets, wasps and bees were also published.
They showed 58.3% admissions for stings from hornets, wasps or bees compared to the previous year (552 admissions compared to 1,324).
The highest number of admissions relating to these other animals and insects were in summer (2,266 from June to August 2012) and lowest in winter (316 from November 2012 to January this year).