Man has all limbs amputated after dog's lick leads to infection
Man has all limbs amputated after dog's lick leads to infection
01 August, 2018, 19:42
Doctors said the infection was likely caused by being licked by his dog. Doctors flooded his body with antibiotics to stop the infection, but clots stopped the blood flow to his extremities, which forced them to amputate Manteufel's legs from the knee down, then his hands.
He contracted a blood infection after being licked by the dog, thought to be his own, according to Fox6.
"This type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs".
"More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue", Dr Munoz-Price explained.
"I would stress that such reactions are very, very rare, and shouldn't prevent us from having close contact with pets", Ho said in a piece for The Conversation. Heavy drinkers, people who have had their spleens removed, and individuals with HIV or cancer are most at risk for contracting the infection.
It has the rare ability to cause disease in healthy individuals but has been known to cause severe illness in people with pre-existing conditions or compromised immune system. As the damage grew more severe, he had to have both of his legs amputated above his kneecaps.
Greg Manteufel's wife Dawn has described her husband as a very active person who enjoyed riding his motorcycle.
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The Centers for Disease Control warns that this bacteria can infect a person even if they haven't been bitten. His nose also suffered tissue damage, and he will need plastic surgery to be able to breath normally again. "Sometimes it [blood pressure and circulation] decreases so much that the arms and legs just die".
The family has since set up a GoFundMe to raise money for the operations and rehabilitation that Manteufel will need, and it's already raised over $10,000. The sepsis resulted in blood spots that looked like bruises all over his body, particularly on his chest and face.
Greg Manteufel loves dogs and had been around eight of them about the time he became ill, according to his wife Dawn Manteufel. And they did it.
His wife says he's been around dogs all his life, adding that they can't wrap their heads around what happened.
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