Joanne sent a list of links yesterday, including one to a report from
Texas listing severe bite cases. A better place to find this document and
others like it is at the state's site. Note that they offer a definition
for these bites as follows:
"A severe attack is defined as one in which the animal repeatedly bites
or vigorously shakes its human victim, and the victim, or a person
intervening, has extreme difficulty terminating the attack. A severe
bite is defined as a puncture or laceration made by an animal s teeth
which breaks the person s skin, resulting in a degree of trauma which
would cause most prudent and reasonable people to seek medical care for
treatment of the wound, without consideration of rabies prevention alone."
The reports for 1996 through 2000 are available online.
http://www.tdh.texas.gov/zoonosis/resppet/BITES/bites.asp I have a hard
copy of a report that covers the years 1991-1995.
1996 ferret bites: 1
1999 ferret bites: 1
91-95 ferret bites: 2
10-year total: 4
I can't find the 91-95 document to check other species numbers right now,
but in the years online notice that MOUSE bites (not rats, they're listed
separately) and HAMSTER bites count up to the same number as ferrets (2
each species). Dog and cat bites over the 10 year period number into the
thousands and hundreds respectively.
Just a little perspective.
Debra in Fort Worth
[Posted in FML issue 3666]