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Journal of Maxillofacial Trauma 2012 December;1(3):70-6

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An unusual case of facial trauma from a camel attack in the United States

Stanley A., Goddard A., Weeda L.

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, TN, USA


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Animal-related injuries can range from insignificant to life threatening, and can involve domestic or wild animals. In the United States, the largest represented animal-related injury is dog bites. The CDC reports 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 1 in 5 injuries require medical attention. In comparison, in developing countries injuries from other species including cows, horses, pigs, donkeys, tigers, monkeys, and camels are more frequently reported. Animal-related injuries vary by region and the animal’s behavior and relationship with humans. Camel bites/attacks are rare outside the Middle East, Africa, and India. To our knowledge, there has been only one report of a camel attack in the United States. This report presents the unusual case of a camel attack on a farm in rural Tennessee.

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