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[animal bites at the casualty department of the oslo city council].during a 2-year period all casualty department data charts with the diagnosis "animal bite" were reviewed as part of internal quality control. of 1,051 recorded episodes, 503 (48%) were women and 147 (14%) children under 16 years of age. 951 (90%) wounds were treated without closure. half of the patients were not given antibiotics on the first visit, whereas one third were given penicillin. tetanus status had been evaluated on 1,015 (97%) charts. most bites were caused by dogs (76%), cats (17%), ...19989673507
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