Dog’s Lick Causes Blood Infection, Man Has Limbs Amputated

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The bacteria Capnocytophaga is found in the saliva of dogs and cats.

Greg Manteufel, a 48-year-old man who had apparently enjoyed a long history of dog ownership, ended up in the emergency room last month after contracting a rare bacterial infection in his blood.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bacteria is found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats.

The response caused his blood pressure to drop and circulation in his limbs to decrease quickly. In very rare cases, the bacteria can spread to humans through bites, scratches or close contact with cats and dogs.

"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.

That's exactly what happened in Manteufel's case, and doctors were eventually forced to amputate his legs.

Infection can usually be treated effectively with antibiotics and is recommended for a minimum of three weeks.

Not even a week later, his legs were amputated.

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Greg Manteufel, 48, went to the hospital on June 27 after he began exhibiting flu-like symptoms and, within hours of being admitted, he went into septic shock, according to a GoFundMe page started on his behalf.

His wife says he's been around dogs all his life, adding that they can't wrap their heads around what happened.

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. She said she doesn't know which dog was carrying the bacteria that attacked her husband.

'This infection in his blood triggered a very severe response on his body'.

Dr Munoz-Price continued: "Sometimes it [blood pressure] decreases so much that the arms and legs just die".

"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. "More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue".

"He just kept saying, 'Take what you need, but keep me alive, ' and they did".

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