An Update on Fatalities Due to Venomous and Nonvenomous Animals in the United States (2008–2015)
July 2, 2019
Injuries, maiming, and fatalities from animal encounters remain an important public health issue in the United States. Humans can be harmed by animals through bites, stings, strikes, crushing, or contact. These animal-related injuries result in considerable morbidity and financial loss; annually, over 1 million emergency department visits in the United States and an estimated $2 billion have been attributed to untoward animal encounters. This burden could be lessened through application of prevention methods and sound public policy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains the Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) database.3 WONDER is an online public access repository of US epidemiological mortality data, using the international classification of diseases (ICD) 10th revision to classify cause of death. This study is an update of our previous retrospective review of all nonvenomous and venomous animal related fatalities in the United States.
Author(s): Jared A. Forrester, MD; Thomas G. Weiser, MD MPH; Joseph D. Forrester, MD, MSc