The shocking reason that this man's legs and hands were amputated

Man loses all four limbs after dog lick leads to severe infection

Man loses all four limbs after dog lick leads to severe infection

The patient - Greg Manteufel - first developed flu-like symptoms such as fever and vomiting.

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

Greg Manteufel was reportedly licked by his own pet.

National Center for Biotechnology Information said Capnocytophaga canimorsus can cause "severe sepsis and fatal septic shock, gangrene of the digits or extremities, high-grade bacteremia, meningitis, endocarditis, and eye infections". The doctors then made a decision to amputate Greg's legs and hands to save him from further spread of infection.

Her husband was diagnosed with a blood infection caused by capnocytophaga, bacteria that is common in the saliva of cats and dogs but nearly never leads to illness, said Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an epidemiologist with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, where Manteufel is being treated.

The family writes that Greg's recovery will be a very long process and he will need his family by his side, they will need help financially to be able to be with him during the coming months with surgeries as well as waiting to be fitted for leg and hand prosthesis which will allow him to become independent again.

Greg is now recovering in the hospital. While Manteufel's case was most likely caused by his dog, his situation seems to have been a fluke.

"We counted about eight dogs he probably came across", his wife, Dawn Manteufel, told the station.

As a result, Manteufel's blood pressured dropped rapidly, reducing circulation to his limbs and causing tissue damage and bruise-like marks on his chest, face, and elsewhere, despite antibiotic treatment.

The bacteria "hit him with a vengeance", his wife, Dawn, told Fox6 Now. "Just bruising all over him. Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat", Dawn Manteufel said. However, these infections in humans are extremely rare. The infection with Capnocytophaga carries a 27% chance of being fatal. "He loves dogs", she said.

"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", Dawn Manteufel told WITI-TV.

If you have one of these conditions and are bitten by a cat or dog, the CDC recommends calling your doctor immediately to describe your animal contact.

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". But it's usually in people who are immuno-compromised and usually follows a dog bite.

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