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Health Statistics > Alligator Attacks (most recent) by state

DEFINITION: Number of documented alligator attacks since 1948. There have been 17 fatal attacks in Florida and one fatal attack in Georgia. Additional deaths which were previously reported have been ruled out because the wounds appeared to be post-mortem. The most common cases were lacerations or scratches on the hands, whereas the most common activity attributed to the attack was an attempt to capture, pick up or exhibit the alligator. Other common activities that led to an alligator attack were swimming, fishing activities and retrieving golf balls.
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Rank   States  Amount 
# 1     Florida: 337 
# 2     Texas: 15 
= 3     Georgia:
= 3     South Carolina:
# 5     Alabama:
# 6     Louisiana:
= 7     Arkansas:
= 7     North Carolina:
= 9     Mississippi:
= 9     Oklahoma:
Total: 379  
Weighted average: 37.9  

SOURCE: Alligator Attacks on Humans in the United States, Ricky L. Langley, MD, MPH. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 16, 119 124 (2005). Additional figures taken from news reports.

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"Alligator Attacks by state", Alligator Attacks on Humans in the United States, Ricky L. Langley, MD, MPH. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 16, 119 124 (2005). Additional figures taken from news reports.. Retrieved from http://www.StateMaster.com/graph/hea_all_att-health-alligator-attacks

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