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Summer 2011 sees Drastic Rise in Bites

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Non-venomous insect bites have soared this year, with many people suffering from infection caused by bug bites.

Official NHS figures show that in the past 12 months, 3,619 people have been treated for infected bites caused by bedbugs, fleas or mosquitoes.  The worst hit area is the north west of England, who has reported 574 people with infected bites.  The north east has reported a lower figure of only 133.  The total figure represents a 19 percent increase on the previous year.

The majority of those affected are the elderly.  In a lot of cases the infections have been severe enough for them to be admitted into hospital to control the infection.

It also appears that summer is a time of increased risk of all kinds of bites, with Tim Straughan, Chief Executive of the NHS Information Centre talking about the increase of dog bites at this time of the year;

“Our statistics show that the summer is a seasonal hotspot for admissions to hospital for injuries caused by dogs, coupled with a five per cent rise overall for such admissions between the latest and previous 12 month period.”

He also noted that summer time also sees an increase in injuries caused by various other species of animals, including those from pigs, cows and horses.

The increasing number of people needing hospital treatment for dog bites is causing some MPs to call for government to update dog ownership legislation.  The worry is that these injuries are being caused by so called ‘dangerous’ or ‘banned’ dogs, and that government intervention is needed to reduce injuries and prevent potential deaths.

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