Man has all limbs amputated after dog's lick leads to infection

Greg Manteufel 48 is believed to have contracted the infection after his dog licked him

‘Hit him with a vengeance’: Man’s limbs amputated after dog lick leads to blood infection

It all started with flu-like symptoms including fever and vomiting which was followed by bruising on his arms and legs.

'Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat. Doctors had to amputate both legs through the knee caps.

A GoFundMe to help Greg Manteufel, a 48-year-old house painter who enjoys riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, pay for prosthetics.

Then, three weeks after he was first admitted, both of Greg's hands up to his mid palms were amputated.

A Wisconsin man has reportedly had both legs and hands amputated after he contracted a rare infection that his family says likely came from being licked by a dog.

This bacteria caused the sepsis in Greg's body that has completely changed not only Greg's life but his entire family's as well. The bacteria can cause severe infections in people with weakened immune systems, and is spread through bites or close contact with infected dogs. It's just [a fluke],' said Dr Munoz-Price.

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"Why him? Why did this happen to us?" Blood tests revealed an infection caused by the bacteria, capnocytophaga, causing his blood pressure to drop and the circulation in his limbs to decrease rapidly. It's present in the saliva of most healthy dogs and is usually not harmful to humans.

This type of bacteria is found in the mouths of 60 percent of dogs and about 17 percent of cats, however, it is a normal bacteria and this sort of case very rarely happens.

'It hit him with a vengeance, ' his wife, Dawn Manteufel, told WITI. She said she didn't know which dog carried the bacteria, but that he had been around eight dogs at the time he got sick, including one that belongs to the couple.

Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, told WITI that Manteufel's case is an extremely rare occurrence and that pet owners need not panic.

"He loves dogs. He would touch any dog; he doesn't care", she said of her husband of 15 years.

One month ago, Greg Manteufel was a long way from a hospital bed. By late morning Tuesday, several doctors had gathered around his hospital bed, checking his vital signs and asking him questions, as he lay with his thighs propped up by a pillow, his wife told The Washington Post. A second surgery was done in an attempt to remove some of the damage to his legs, but that ultimately was not enough.

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