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Tips offered to prevent dog bites

May 18-24 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week

TOPEKA – Each year 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the United States and half of these are children. Nearly 800,000 bites are serious enough to require medical attention. In Kansas, there were 279 people hospitalized for dog bites from 2007 – 2011. Sixty-two, or 23 percent, of the 279 people hospitalized were children less than nine years of age.
These statistics have prompted local and state health officials to urge residents to take steps to avoid being bitten. To call attention to this, May 18-24 has been declared National Dog Bite Prevention Week.
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