Dog infection: Man loses both legs after pet LICKED him

Grant Boone
August 3, 2018

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. Manteufel hopes to eventually be outfitted with prosthetic limbs, but he has a long way to go before that can happen.

Dawn told the Post that about the time of her husband's illness he had been around eight dogs, and that any one of them could have licked him.

But in exceedingly rare circumstances, that lick can lead to a risky and potentially lethal infection from a common bacteria.

Surgeons had to amputate Greg Manteuful's legs - and considered removing his arms - after he contracted the deadly virus.

Dawn, his wife, told Fox 6: "It hit him with a vengeance".

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

A Wisconsin man was forced to have multiple limbs amputated after he contracted a blood infection from a dog lick, WITI reports.

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Munoz-Price said the case is simply a fluke.

Manteufel's condition has stabilized, but he has more surgeries ahead of him.

Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, told WITI that Manteufel's case is an extremely rare occurrence and that pet owners need not panic.

Capnocytophaga canimorsus 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.

"This bacteria caused the sepsis in Greg's body that has completely changed not only Greg's life but his entire family's as well", states a GoFundMe page set up by Manteufel's loved ones.

Capnocytophaga is a normal bacteria present in the mouths of 60 per cent of dogs and 17 per cent of cats. "People with a weakened immune systems who have difficulty fighting off infections (for example, people with cancer or those taking certain medications such as steroids) are at greater risk of becoming ill", the agency says.

Manteufel and his wife speculate the infection likely came from their own dogs. Infections can take up to two weeks to show up.

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