Published: Wed, August 01, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Man has limbs amputated after being licked by dog

Man has limbs amputated after being licked by dog

Blood tests revealed that a bacterial pathogen found in saliva of healthy dogs and cats had caused the infection.

Avid biker Greg Manteufel was forced to have the bottom of his legs amputated below the knee after capnocytophaga - a terrible bacteria - caused him to lose all blood circulation there through sepsis. Severe infections can be fatal within 72 hours after symptoms appear.

Doctors in Wisconsin say he more than likely contracted it from his dog's saliva. The amputations were necessary after the infection caused Manteufel's blood pressure to drop drastically, which severely reduced blood flow to his limbs and led to tissue death. However, there have only been about 500 cases logged in the USA and Canada since 1976 of the bacteria causing sepsis when no dog bite was found. His wife Dawn told Fox 6 Now in Milwaukee that her husband had bruising all over his body, but they couldn't figure out what had caused it.

Doctors snapped into action, first amputating both feet to stop the infection from spreading. Antibiotics are needed to treat a Capnocytophaga infection and should be started as soon as possible to prevent further complications. According to a GoFundMe page set up for Manteufel, he will need nose repairs and and additional surgeries and medical care to recover. Then doctors had to remove his hands.

After discovering the Manteufels have a pet dog named Ellie, the medical staff told Dawn that her husband likely was infected after being licked.

"We can't wrap our heads around it that all of the sudden, he's 48 years old and been around dogs all of his life. and this happens", said Dawn Manteufel.

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People with weakened immune symptoms are at greater risk for becoming ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is now unclear where the dog is. "This infection in his blood triggered a very severe response in his body", Munoz-Price said.

"Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die", Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price told WITI.

'More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue. "He kept just saying, 'Take what you need, but keep me alive.' And they did", Dawn said.

The Manteufel family has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for prosthetic limbs for Greg.

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