A Wisconsin man needed several amputations after he contracted a blood infection after being licked by a dog, WITI-TV reported.
"These bacteria cause opportunistic infections, which means they have to have the right conditions to cause an infection, such as in a person with a weakened immune system", the CDC website says.
On June 27th 2018 the Manteufel family experienced a medical emergency when Greg started feeling ill, within hours of the onset of symptoms, Greg's body started to go into septic shock.
Dawn, his wife, told Fox 6: "It hit him with a vengeance".
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Doctors pumped him with antibiotics to stop the infection, his wife said, but clots blocked the flow of blood to his extremities, causing tissue and muscles to die.
Subsequent testing revealed that Manteufel had contracted an infection from a bacteria identified as capnocytophaga, which is found in dog saliva.
Manteufel experienced severe complications, which caused his blood pressure to drop and the circulation in his legs to decrease rapidly. "We can't wrap our heads around it", Dawn said.
In 2016, doctors in London documented the case of a 70-year-old woman who had been infected with Capnocytophaga.
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A GoFundMe page has been set up by a family friend to raise funds for prosthetic legs and plastic surgery on Greg's nose. Within days of being admitted to the hospital while still fighting for his life, Greg first lost both feet, after a second surgery to remove more damage on legs, they amputated thru both kneecaps.
Manteufel's GoFundMe page states that Capnocytophaga canimorsus is fairly common and grows in the mouths of up to 60 percent of dogs and 17 percent of cats.
That's exactly what happened in Manteufel's case, and doctors were eventually forced to amputate his legs.
After discovering the Manteufels have a pet dog named Ellie, the medical staff told Dawn that her husband likely was infected after being licked. It's just [a fluke],' said Dr Munoz-Price.
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Infectious disease specialist Silvia Munoz-Price told Fox Manteufel had a "very severe response" to the infection. "He is so thankful to be alive today and is taking one day at a time". Heavy drinkers, people who have had their spleens removed, and individuals with HIV or cancer are most at risk for contracting the infection.