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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 478
Squirrel bite: Analysis of 35 cases

1 RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China

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Date of Web Publication22-Jun-2017

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Sriwijittalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Squirrel bite: Analysis of 35 cases. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:478

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Sriwijittalai W, Wiwanitkit V. Squirrel bite: Analysis of 35 cases. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Jul 11];10:478. Available from:
Dear Sir,

Rabies is an important neurological viral infection. Being bitten by rabid animals is the main cause of rabies infection.[1],[2] Cat and dog are the common problematic animals that bring rabies to the people in the tropical world. However, there are also other animals that can cause rabies. Squirrel is an animal that might bring rabies;[3],[4] however, there are few reports concerning squirrel bite. In this short article, the authors summarized on the epidemiology of the squirrel bite cases visiting the physician at a medical center in a 5-year period (2011–2015). In this period, there are 35 cases of squirrel bites (15 females and 20 males; all adults). All incidences occur at daytime. All cases got bitten at home. All cases saw the squirrels and the activities during being bitten are standing in the garden. All bitten sites are at lower extremities. All cases got standard wound care, tetanus, and rabies prevention from the medical center. Of interest, squirrel bite is a risk for people visiting any tropical garden. The management for prevention of rabies is needed.

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.196835

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