Man has limbs amputated after dog lick led to severe blood infection

Man has limbs amputated after dog lick led to severe blood infection

Man has limbs amputated after dog lick led to severe blood infection

A 48-year-old Wisconsin man was forced to have all four limbs amputated after he contracted a rare blood infection from dog saliva. The infection very likely entering Greg's system by something so common: getting licked by a dog, probably his own.

Just one month ago, Greg Manteufel was a long way from a hospital bed.

On June 27th 2018 the Manteufel family experienced a medical emergency when Greg started feeling ill, within hours of the onset of symptoms, Greg's body started to go into septic shock.

His wife Dawn told the station: "It hit him with a vengeance. Looked like someone beat him up with a baseball bat".

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Blood tests revealed that Manteufel's infection was caused by a bacterium called Capnocytophaga, according to Fox 6 Now. Since 1976, there have been about 500 reported cases In the United States US and Canada when no signs of an actual cat or dog bite was found.

That response caused Manteufel's blood pressure to drop, and the circulation in his limbs to decrease rapidly.

The GoFundMe page said the damage also affected all areas of Manteufel's body and that he will need plastic surgery to rebuild his nose.

Doctors say Greg Manteufel's case is simply a fluke.

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Within days of being admitted to the hospital, he had to have both of his feet amputated, but as the damage grew more severe, he had to have both of his legs amputated above his kneecaps. To save his life, doctors had to cut his legs from the knee down, and then his hands.

"This type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs", said Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist with Froedtert & MCW.

After discovering the Manteufels have a pet dog named Ellie, the medical staff told Dawn that her husband likely was infected after being licked. "During this process while his family and friends are in panic and chaos Greg has held his head high and is taking all the news like a beast". "More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue". In fact, up to 74 percent of dogs and up to 57 percent of cats have Capnocytophaga detected in their mouths.

If you have one of these conditions and are bitten by a cat or dog, the CDC recommends calling your doctor immediately to describe your animal contact.

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