Baton Rouge had 27th highest number of postal workers bitten by dogs in the nation and New Orleans ranked 30th, according to figures from State Farm.

In Baton Rouge, 18 postal workers were reported bitten; 15 in New Orleans. Houston was No. 1 with 77 reported attacks on postal workers.

Most dog bites could be prevented by practicing responsible pet ownership, according to insurers and veterinarians. Both groups are trying to draw attention to dog bites and ways to prevent them during National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 15-21. The effort is led by the American Veterinary Medical Association along with National Dog Bite Prevention Coalition members, including State Farm.

An estimated 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 885,000 bites require medical attention, and children account for half of those injuries.

The number of postal workers bitten nationwide jumped nearly 14 percent to 6,500 in 2015. The increase was due largely to the additional 500 million packages postal workers delivered because of increased internet sales.

Dog-bites and dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid in 2015, costing more than $570 million, according to the Insurance Information Institute, an industry-funded group, and State Farm.