Man's limbs amputated after dog lick leads to severe blood 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.

Last month, Greg Manteufel, from West Bend, started experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

"It hit him with a vengeance".

Doctors pumped him with antibiotics to stop the infection, his wife said, but clots blocked the flow of blood to his extremities, causing tissue and muscles to die.

Within a week, doctors told him they had to cut off his legs - as the disease, which caused 48-year-old Manteufel's blood pressure to plummet and the circulation in his limbs to dramatically decrease.

In a review of more than 450 patient cases, just 27 percent had contracted the bacteria from scratches, licking, or unspecified contact with dogs or cats.

Dawn says they hope with prosthetic technology, Greg will be able to ride his motorcycle again.

Munoz-Price said the case is simply a fluke.

A GoFundMe Account has been set up to help with Manteufel's medical bills.

Dawn said that despite the multiple surgeries and long road of rehab ahead, her her husband feels lucky to be alive. Doctors had to amputate both legs through the knee caps.

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. 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. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the bacteria Capnocytophaga live in the mouths of dogs and cats. His case is particularly unlucky because for the infection to be passed on the dog usually has to bite you. He had developed a severe infection of the bacteria Capnocytophaga canimorsus, which is common in dog saliva, and that infection turned septic.

"More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue", Dr Munoz-Price explained.

Jason Marchand, the page's creator, said: "Greg has held his head high and is taking all the news like a beast".

Capnocytophaga can cause opportunistic infections, meaning they have to have the right conditions to cause an infection, such as when a person has a weakened immune system.

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