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Revista chilena de infectología

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ROJAS, Claudio A.; LUDERS, Carlos F.; MANTEROLA, Carlos  y  VELAZCO, Myriam. Loss of risk perception to zoonoses and the figure of community dog. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2018, vol.35, n.2, pp.186-188. ISSN 0716-1018.

Dogs may cause zoonoses and damages; especially when we accept as normal some dangerous behavior, losing the perception of disease risk. The purpose of this review was to demonstrate that the presence of stray dogs as well as community dogs, are public health hazard. Through sustainable epidemiological information, we believe this measure could prevent it from spreading. Dog's aggressiveness regulates its social relationships through submission or dominance; those characteristics are difficult to be recognized by human population. In Chile, 327.150 people were bitten by dogs, between years 2003 and 2012 with a cost of USD$22.7 to USD$177,9 million in addition to the USD$3,13 million for the surgical intervention of 767 human subjects of Hydatidosis during 2012. However zoonosis more dangerous is Rabies with death results. As a conclusion we state that the presence of stray and community dogs in the streets cannot be tolerated. This measure must have a sustainable technical of Health and Public safety because population have lost its ability of recognize the risk of contracting zoonotic diseases, with high costs for the health care system, besides the economical decline and psychological damage to the affected individuals.

Palabras clave : “Dogs”[Mesh]; “Canidae”[Mesh]; “Zoonoses”[Mesh]; “Bites and Stings”[Mesh].

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