Greg Manteufel's symptoms began with fever and vomiting, as if he had the flu. His wife, Dawn Manteufel rushed him to the hospital the next morning after noticing he became delirious, and he was running a high temperature. His wife, who took him to the hospital, has said that those bruises were not there just before she took him to the hospital. A favorite activity of his was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
If you have a dog who always licks your hands or legs then you might seriously reconsider it after you read this!
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) - A Wisconsin man had his lower legs and hands amputated after developing a rare blood infection caused by bacteria in dog saliva. The sepsis caused the formation of blood spots that looked like bruises all over his body. The bacteria attacked quickly and aggressively.
Doctors first amputated Manteufel's legs, just below the knee.
"Why him? Why did this happen to us?".
The bacteria, known as Capnocytophaga canimorsus, is commonly found in dogs and cats.
This type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs.
It is for the most part considered an opportunistic pathogen, causing little problems with healthy individuals, usually causing the most severe disease in those with a predisposing condition; splenectomy, chronic alcohol abuse, or immune system problems (steroid therapy, blood malignancies and AIDS).
Dawn Manteufel said doctors told them her husband's case is not common but more like a "crazy fluke".
She told Washington Post that her husband, a dog-lover, had been around eight dogs at the time when he fell ill.
Greg has been at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for about a month now. This week, he will have two more, again to clean up dead tissue. He has come to terms with what he has lost, and accept the fact that he will now have to live an entirely different life, relying on a power wheelchair. "Take what you need, but keep me alive", he told doctors cutting away the diseased tissue.
His days in the hospital are also far from over.
The tip of her husband's nose also lost blood circulation and will need surgery to fix, she said. Prosthetic limbs and more treatment at a rehabilitation center still await him.
And others amplified the signal of the GoFundMe campaign. Symptoms typically worsen rapidly.
Fewer than 500 cases of this infection, which can be spread by a pet's bite, lick, or scratch, have been reported since 1961, according to a 2015 European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases article.
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