Animal Bites and Rabies in Northern Iran, 2001–2005


Narges Najafi 1 , roya ghasemian 2 , *

1 Department of Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, 18Th Km Khazar Abad Road, Sari, IR Iran, E-mail: [email protected]

2 Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, IR Iran

How to Cite: Najafi N, ghasemian R. Animal Bites and Rabies in Northern Iran, 2001–2005, Arch Clin Infect Dis. 2009 ; 4(4):e93403.


Archives of Clinical Infectious Diseases: 4 (4); e93403
Published Online: October 30, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
Received: May 12, 2019
Accepted: October 05, 2009


Background: Animal bites are potentially harmful for people. The prophylaxis approach is effective and safe, however, it is expensive and sometimes may be used without clear indication. Prophylaxis programs depend on local epidemiology. The aim of this study was to survey the animal bites and rabies epidemiology in northern Iran.

Patients and Methods: We performed a descriptive study on all animal bites and rabies in the Mazandaran Province during 2001 to 2005. Initial data including age, sex, site of bite, incidence, type of animal, geographical distribution,

number of vaccinations and death by rabies were gathered and analyzed by SPSS soft ware.

Results: Annual frequency of animal bites was between 3,174 and 4,670 in the Mazandaran Province. One hundred sixty bites per 100,000 persons occur annually, with a cost of approximately US $0.5 million in health care expenditures and loss of income. Twenty thousand animal bites occurred during the year of 2001 to 2005. Behshar, with 302.88 cases per 100,000 persons was the most prevalent city. We found that the majority of bites are from dogs (84.87%), especially stray dogs. Men are frequently bitten by dogs (79.62%), while adolescence is the most frequent victims of dog bites, especially in rural areas. Dog bites resulted in 2 deaths, both of which had bites on their faces.

Conclusion: Exposure to dogs, especially stray dogs in Mazandaran Province, reported the majority of cases of human bites and post-exposure prophylaxis.



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