Man's limbs amputated after being licked by dog


A man from West Bend needed multiple amputations after contracting a blood infection from being licked by a dog. Contact with a dog's saliva, which is likely what happened to Greg Manteufel, is enough to cause an infection.

Just one month ago, Greg Manteufel was a long way from a hospital bed. It's situation Manteufel's wife, Dawn Manteufel, still does not understand. The disease had made it look as if someone had beat him up with a baseball bat, which had shocked both of them.

Within a week, doctors told him they had to cut off his legs - as the disease, which caused 48-year-old Manteufel's blood pressure to plummet and the circulation in his limbs to dramatically decrease.

In very rare cases, a person can get infected without being bitten.

Dawn says what happened to her husband was a fluke.

"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", states a GoFundMe page set up by Manteufel's loved ones.

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Dawn told the Post that about the time of her husband's illness he had been around eight dogs, and that any one of them could have licked him.

Doctors ran blood tests and discovered he'd become infected with a bacterial pathogen known as capnocytophaga canimorsus.

According to the West Gate Pet Clinic, Capnocytophaga canimorsus infections are transmitted primarily through contact with a pet's saliva, generally through a bite wound, although infections may also be caused by a pet merely licking an open wound or burn.

Within days of being admitted to the hospital, he had to have both of his feet amputated, but as the damage grew more severe, he had to have both of his legs amputated above his kneecaps. Possibly. If you own a cat or dog be aware that Capnocytophaga Canimorsus is a normal bacteria that grows in the mouth of up to 60% of dogs and 17% of cats.

Doctors told him a blood infection had spread to all four of his limbs and, due extensive tissue and muscle damage, they would be forced to amputate all of his limbs. More than 99-percent of the people who have dogs will never have this issue. "It's just chance", Munoz-Price said.

People with weakened immune symptoms are at greater risk for becoming ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.