The Animals Most Dangerous to Humans

Forget sharks. The animals most likely to harm you are much smaller — and much closer to you
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Dogs

Dog bites are responsible for tens of millions of injuries annually worldwide each year. Kids under 5 are most likely to die from dog bites because of the risk of injury to their head and neck according to the WHO. Worldwide, dogs are also the most common transmitter of rabies, a disease that kills more than 60,000 people a year. In the United States, 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and, as a result of infections or complications, 10 to 20 people die, according to CDC. Between 1999 and 2013, 450 people were killed by dogs in the United States.

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