Animal Bite Report
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Animal bites are a common problem in the United States, with 2 to 5 million bites occurring each year. Children are bitten more often than adults. The vast majority of animal bites are caused by dogs (85% - 90%), with the remainder caused by cats (5% - 10%) and rodents (2% - 3%). The most feared complication of an animal bite is rabies, although skin infection is the most common complication. Some bite wounds can be serious, causing injury and permanent disability. Bite wounds to the hand carry an especially high risk for serious complications because the skin's surface is so close to the underlying bones and joints.
Medical providers are required under California law to report animal bites to the Health Department.
Click the link below for a copy of the Animal Bite Report Form.