Dogs saliva leads to mans limbs being amputated

Dog lick leads to man’s limbs being amputated

A WISCONSIN man had all of his limbs amputated after he contracted a rare blood infection from his pet dog's saliva, according to a report.

Greg Manteufel thought he had the flu and went to the hospital last month - only to find out that his body was being ravaged by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a type of bacteria found in the saliva of dogs and cats. It can in very rare cases, enter the bloodstream through their licks, bites or other close contact.

"It hit him with a vengeance. Just bruising all over him," his wife, Dawn Manteufel told Fox 6 Now. "Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat."

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.


Greg Manteufel lays in his hospital bed at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Picture: Dawn Manteufel
Greg Manteufel lays in his hospital bed at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Picture: Dawn Manteufel

"Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die," said Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Doctors were eventually forced to amputate portions of his hands and then half of both forearms.

"We can't wrap our heads around it … He's been around dogs all of his life … and this happens," said Dawn Manteufel. "All he kept saying to the doctors - 'take what you need but keep me alive, And they did it."

Doctor's told the outlet they believe the bacteria that infected Manteufel came from his dog, Ellie.

"More than 99 per cent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue. It's just chance," said Munoz-Price.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to cover his many surgeries and prosthetic for his hands and legs - which he'll be fitted for once he recovers from sepsis.

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

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been republished here with permission.

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