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02 August 2018, 01:15 | Randall Craig
‘Hit him with a vengeance’: Man’s limbs amputated after dog lick leads to blood infection
A man who has been around dogs all his life has been forced to have all four of his limbs amputated after contracting a rare blood infection - believe to be caused by a dog lick.
The infection very likely entered Greg Manteufel's system by something common, getting licked by his own dog.
Greg Manteufel went to the emergency room last month after experiencing flu-like symptoms, WITI reported. "Looked like someone beat him up with a baseball bat".
Doctors ran blood tests and discovered he'd become infected with a bacterial pathogen known as capnocytophaga canimorsus, which is found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats but can lead to infection in humans who are immunocompromised.
The infection caused Manteufel's blood pressure to drop, which is why the circulation to his limbs decreased, causing them to turn black.
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.
"He told the doctors, 'Do what you have to do to keep me alive, '" Dawn Manteufel said. Now, after losing both legs and parts of both hands as well as his nose, Manteufel faces a long road to recovery and rehabilitation. Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist with Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, told the station the infection got into his blood and "triggered a very severe response in his body".
"It hit him with a vengeance", she said. Up to 74 percent of dogs have the bacteria and 57 percent of cats have it. Doctors confirmed he contracted CapnocytophagaCanimorsus. "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 [sic]".
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated patients infected with the bacteria may have blisters around the bite wound, swelling, redness, fever, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea and muscle and joint pain.
"More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue", she said. The woman recovered after two weeks in an intensive-care unit, says the report, which aptly called the sepsis-causing bacteria the "lick of death". "It's just chance", Munoz-Price said.
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