BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2012.5766
  • Unusual association of diseases/symptoms

A fatal mongoose bite

  1. Ashutosh Yashwant Deshmukh2
  1. 1Department of Forensic Medicine, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nilesh Keshav Tumram, ntumram{at}


Animal bite is a bite wound from a pet, farm or wild animal. Dog bites make up 80–85% of all reported incidents. Cats amount for about 10% of reported bites and other animals such as rodents, rabbits, horses, raccoons, bats and monkeys amount to 5–10%. Bites by mongoose are uncommon. Here, we present a case of fatal mongoose bite to an elderly woman who died as a complication of streptococcal infection at the bite site.

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