Dog’s Lick Causes Blood Infection, Man Has Limbs Amputated

Dog’s Lick Causes Blood Infection, Man Has Limbs Amputated

And what they initially thought was the flu landed him in the emergency room.

'It hit him with a vengeance, ' his wife, Dawn Manteufel, told WITI. "Just bruising all over him. Looked like someone beat him up with a baseball bat".

Through a blood test, doctors diagnosed Manteufel with an infection caused by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria often found in dog and cat saliva. Up to 74 percent of dogs have the bacteria and 57 percent of cats have it. In Greg's case it was only a lick from his pet that saw the bacteria enter his system.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says many types of Capnocytophaga are found in the mouths of humans, dogs, and cats.

"This infection in his blood that triggered a very severe response on his body", said infectious disease specialist Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price.

While most people will not exhibit any symptoms if they become infected, it has been shown to cause severe illness n those who have compromised immune systems, according to a 2003 study from France.

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

Dr Munoz-Price added: 'Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die.

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However, the damage was not just limited to Manteufel's limbs.

Greg Manteufel started feeling sick July 27 and went into septic shock, according to a GoFundMe account set up in his name.

It is commonly transmitted by dog bites and is usually life-threatening to people who suffer from alcoholism or are asplenic, meaning their spleens don't function normally.

Dawn Manteufel said doctors told them her husband's case was not common, but more like a "crazy fluke".

"It took a week and they were taking his legs", she said.

"We can't wrap our heads around it that all of the sudden, he's 48 years old and been around dogs all of his life. and this happens", said Dawn Manteufel. Within days of being admitted to the hospital while still fighting for his life, Greg first lost both feet, after a second surgery to remove more damage on legs, they amputated thru both kneecaps.

Manteufel's wife, Dawn, said her husband was the picture of health before contracting the bacteria.

The family has raised nearly $22,000 or their $25,000 goal on this GoFundMe page.

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