HC Deb 10 July 1987 vol 119 c307W
Mr. Andrew F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people received hospital treatment as a result of attacks by dogs; how many people died as a result of such attacks; and how many people received hospital treatment for dog-borne diseases, particularly toxocara canis, as a result of contact with dogs or dog excrement for the last year for which figures are available.

Mrs. Currie

The available information is given in the table.

Deaths registered in England and Wales during 1986 Number
Dog bite 4

In-patient cases treated in NHS hospitals in England during 1985 Estimated Number
Dog-borne disease1 140
Dog bite 1,200
1The sample numbers held centrally are too small for reliable estimates to be made individually for rabies, toxocariasis, pasteurellosis and echinococcosis.