Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

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

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

The infection very likely entered Greg Manteufel's system by something common - getting licked by a dog, probably his own.

Greg Manteufel went to the emergency room last month after experiencing flu-like symptoms, WITI reported.

In late June, Manteufel fell ill and within "hours of the onset of symptoms, Greg's body started to go into septic shock". It's situation Manteufel's wife, Dawn Manteufel, still does not understand. To Dawn, it was as if her husband had just been beaten with a baseball bat.

Blood tests revealed he contracted an infection caused by the bacteria known as Capnocytophaga, which is found in dog saliva. However, there have only been about 500 cases logged in the US and Canada since 1976 of the bacteria causing sepsis when no dog bite was found. In Manteufel's case, it caused a critical drop in blood pressure and circulation.

However, doctors say there are rare cases where the bacteria can poison the blood and be potentially fatal.

The Manteufel family created a GOFUNDME account to raise money for medical expenses. She said she doesn't know which dog was carrying the bacteria that attacked her husband. Doctors flooded his body with antibiotics to stop the infection, but clots stopped the blood flow to his extremities, which forced them to amputate Manteufel's legs from the knee down, then his hands.

Capnocytophaga is a normal bacteria present in the mouths of 60 per cent of dogs and 17 per cent of cats.

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.

According to a yarn from Fox News reporter Kasey Chronis, his devastating loss could have been caused by something as simple as being licked by his dog.

"Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die", said Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "It's just chance", said Munoz-Price.

The family set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for future surgeries, therapy and hand and leg prosthetics. 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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