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

A Man in Wisconsin’s Loss of Limbs Highlights A Lesser Known Danger of Dog Ownership

The infection likely entered Manteufel's body from the lick of a dog, probably his own, WITI-TV reported.

According to a GoFundMe page that's raising money for Manteufel, he started to feel flu-like symptoms on June 27.

"It hit him with a vengeance", Dawn Manteufel, his wife, told the station. "It looked like someone beat him up with a baseball bat", she said.

Greg Manteufel was infected by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria that is found in the salvia of dogs and cats. However, there have only been about 500 cases logged in the USA and Canada since 1976 of the bacteria causing sepsis when no dog bite was found. The amputations were necessary after the infection caused Manteufel's blood pressure to drop drastically, which severely reduced blood flow to his limbs and led to tissue death. Dawn Manteufel said her husband was perfectly healthy just a month ago and especially loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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

A GoFundMe page has been set up by a family friend to raise funds for prosthetic legs and plastic surgery on Greg's nose. But within a week, the doctors had to amputate both of his legs and, later, portions of his hands and forearms.

Dr Silvia Munoz-Price, who treated Manteufel explained: 'This type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs.

A bacteria called Capnocytophaga canimorsus attacked Greg Manteufel quickly and aggressively. She said she didn't know which dog carried the bacteria, but that he had been around eight dogs at the time he got sick, including one that belongs to the couple. "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 Knee caps".

"Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die", Dr. Munoz-Price said.

Dog bites are known to cause extreme medical problems, but we don't often worry about affectionate gestures like licks. Up to 74 percent of dogs have the bacteria and 57 percent of cats have it. They say 99 percent of dog owners will never have this problem. Although many people may not show any symptoms of the infection, those with compromised immune systems can face severe illness.

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