Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

An infection from a dog lick cost a man his limbs

An infection from a dog lick cost a man his limbs

- A Wisconsin man lost both of his legs from an infection that spread throughout his body as a result of bacteria that came from dog saliva.

Greg Manteufel went to the emergency room last month after experiencing flu-like symptoms, WITI reported. "Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat", the patient's wife, Dawn Manteufel, told the station.

It caused Manteufel's blood pressure to drop and the circulation in his limbs to decrease rapidly. Writing in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports, they said she developed confusion, a headache, diarrhea, a high fever, and eventually sepsis and organ failure.

"He told the doctors, 'Do what you have to do to keep me alive, '" Dawn Manteufel said.

The Manteufel family has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for prosthetic limbs for Greg. 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 a week, Manteufel's legs were amputated from the knees down.

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Dawn Manteufel said that within one week, her husband's legs were gone, followed by more surgeries to remove portions of his hands, and then half of both forearms. "He had somehow contracted the bacteria Capnocytophaga Canimorsus", reads the post on the family's GoFundMe page.

The infection very likely entered Manteufel's system by a lick from a dog, probably his own. "It's just chance", Munoz-Price said.

Furthermore all areas of Greg's body and tissue was affected by the bacteria and the sepsis, the Drs say his nose will need extensive repairs, which means he will need plastic surgery to rebuild a new healthy nose. Up to 74 percent of dogs have the bacteria and 57 percent of cats have it.

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

According to the West Gate Pet Clinic, Capnocytophaga canimorsus infections are transmitted primarily through contact with a pet's saliva, generally through a bite wound, although infections may also be caused by a pet merely licking an open wound or burn. These infections are more likely in people over 40 who have an immuno-compromised condition, or in people who excessively use alcohol or who have had their spleen removed, according to the CDC.

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