Pet and wildlife populations are a potential source of various public health problems, and injuries and complications due to animal bites and scratches are the most obvious.
As no population based data on the frequency of animal bites were available at a national level in Switzerland. a study was conducted by the Swiss Sentinel Surveillance Network.
The objectives of this study were to estimate the incidence of medical consultations due to bite and scratch injuries in humans caused by vertebrate animals. to identify possible risk factors, and to assess bite management habits in primary health care.
An annual bite and scratch incidence rate of 325 per 100,000 population was estimated.
Consultations peaked during the summer months and geographical differences in the reported incidence were observed.
Dogs accounted for more than 60% and cats for about 25% of all cases reported.
Animal bites and scratches were frequent in persons under 20 years of age.
In most ages. the incidence was higher among women than among men, but not in children under the age of ten years.
The incidence of cat bites was especially high in adult women.
Bites to the head and neck were most frequent in infants and young children and accounted for approximately one third of the reported cases in this age group.
Patients sought medical care principally for primary wound care (52.0%) and for vaccination advice (29.6%). Rabies postexposure prophylaxis was initiated in 1.1% of patients. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Morsure, Griffade, Animal, Surveillance sanitaire, Epidémiologie, Incidence, Facteur risque, Homme, Suisse, Europe, Traumatisme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Bite, Scratch, Animal, Sanitary surveillance, Epidemiology, Incidence, Risk factor, Human, Switzerland, Europe, Trauma
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0414525
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 25/01/1999.