Man loses all four limbs after dog lick leads to severe infection

  • Man loses all four limbs after dog lick leads to severe infection

Man loses all four limbs after dog lick leads to severe infection

It's believed a blood infection that resulted in the amputation of a man's legs could have been contracted after he was licked by a dog.

Greg Manteufel reportedly began developing flu-like symptoms a few weeks ago. His wife, Dawn Manteufel, said he was perfectly healthy. The disease had made it look as if someone had beat him up with a baseball bat, which had shocked both of them. The bacteria dramatically slows down the body's blood circulation and decreases blood pressure.

"There's no choice. We have no choice but to be positive and make the best of it", said Dawn Manteufel, who had used all her vacation days from her job as a correctional officer at Washington County Jail in West Bend.

She told the Post that doctors said her husband's case was a "crazy 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. "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.

The 48-year-old has had to have all four of his limbs amputated.

Up to 74% of dogs and 57% of cats have Capnocytophaga bacteria in their mouths, according to the CDC.

Dr Silvia Munoz-Price, who treated Manteufel explained: 'This type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs. Within a week, doctors had to amputate his legs and had to undergo surgery to remove a portion of his hands, as well as half of his forearms. Thankfully, it's also very rare, affecting only 0.67 people per million in a nationwide survey in the Netherlands, so dog owners shouldn't worry too much about their beloved pet landing them in a medical catastrophe.

Manteufel contracted Capnocytophaga canimorsus, but there are other species of the bacteria that cause lesser side effects compared to what he had to go through. "It's just chance", she told the station.

If you have one of these conditions and are bitten by a cat or dog, the CDC recommends calling your doctor immediately to describe your animal contact.

Jason Marchand, the page's creator, said: "Greg has held his head high and is taking all the news like a beast". "More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue", Munoz-Price said.