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

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You might think twice after what happened to a Wisconsin man. Greg Manteufel lost both his legs after being licked by a dog.

Greg Manteufel of West Bend lost both legs and both hands last month.

The Washington Post reported that Greg Manteufel's symptoms started with a fever and vomiting. It's situation Manteufel's wife, Dawn Manteufel, still does not understand.

"It looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat".

Up to 74% of dogs and 57% of cats carry the bacteria that can cause these infections, Capnocytophaga canimorsus, but in most cases, people only get infected after being bitten.

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The bacteria can be transmitted to humans through bites, licks, or even close proximity with the animal - seeping into the skin even without a cut or scrape.

His family said they were hoping the surgeries would stop there, however after further analysis, surgeons made the decision to amputate to mid-forearm on both arms "due to extensive damage to the tissues and muscles".

Doctors say his case is "simply a fluke". The couple created a GoFundMe page to cover medical expenses.

"It hit him with a vengeance", she said.

A 48-year-old is the latest victim of a flesh-eating bacteria that forced him to have all of his limbs amputated.

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Greg Manteufel had to have his limbs amputated through the knee after the germ, called capnocytophaga, saw him develop sepsis and lose all circulation to his lower legs.

"This type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs", said Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist with Froedtert & MCW.

After discovering the Manteufels have a pet dog named Ellie, the medical staff told Dawn that her husband likely was infected after being licked. "It's just chance", said Munoz-Price.

Family friend Jason Marchand, who set up the page, said: 'Greg has held his head high and is taking all the news like a beast.

Capnocytophaga Canimorsus, a bacterial pathogen, is typically found in the saliva of cats and dogs.

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According to the Center for Disease Control, people with weakened immune systems are more at risk of contracting the bacteria. 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.