The Most Valuable Lesson: ANIMAL ATTACKS

The Most Valuable Lesson: ANIMAL ATTACKS. Animal attacks are an uncommon cause of human fatalities and injuries. The frequency of animal attacks varies with geographical location and historical period.


Animal Attacks

Attacks described in the following article have occurred in historical times with documentation. Instances of attacks that can be attributed to the animal being confined or ‘trapped’ prior to an attack have not been included. Serious injuries and fatalities are more likely to be incurred by infants, children and those with limited ability to defend themselves against an animal. Contextually speaking, a person is more likely to be killed by an animal than they are to die from being hit by lightning.

Animal attacks have been identified as a major public health problem. In 1997 it was estimated that up to 2 million animal bites occur each year in the United States. Injuries caused by animal attacks result in thousands of fatalities worldwide every year. All causes of death are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year. Medical injury codes are used to identify specific cases. The World Health Organization uses identical coding, though it is unclear whether all countries keep track of fatalities caused by animals.