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DSHS Offers Precautions To Avoid Dog Bites

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As warm weather and vacations take people outdoors more often, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) officials remind people that they can reduce the chances that they, their children or others will be bitten by a dog.

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"An estimated 400,000 dog bites occur in Texas each year," said veterinarian Tom Sidwa, head of the DSHS zoonosis control. "About 40 percent of severe bite victims are children under age 11, and 20 percent of the people who die from dog bites are over 70."

DSHS offers these suggestions: