Dr Amna Javaid, Dr Ramsha Khalid, Dr Afra Ahmad
Objective: To estimate the burden of recently reported cases of dog bite in a tertiary care center of Lahore and to analyze the awareness of these victims or their attendants about dog bite. Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted during Mayo Hospital Lahore from May 2019 to April 2020. Our sample was comprised of 393 patients, reporting first time after stray dog bite incident. The relevant information was obtained regarding patients' age, gender, details of injury, management and patients' knowledge about dog bite and rabies. SPSS 13 was used to manage data and perform analysis. Results: It was found that 83% of the victims were males and 52.4% were of less than 15 years of age. In our data, 26.7% victims reported within twenty-four hours of the dog bite. Mapping of dog bite cases revealed that 24% belonged to Orange town while 14% each from North Lahore and Nazimabad. Knowledge of people related to rabies was very poor and 91% did not know that rabies could result after dog bite. Only 7% knew that rabies is a fatal disease and 0.7% responded that it can be prevented by vaccines. Conclusion: Dog bite is a significant public health problem among young males with preponderance in certain areas of Lahore. Lack of education of people and lack of health communication reflected well through carefree practices and attitude of victims of dog bite. Keywords: Dog Bite, Lahore Tertiary Care Center.