Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Wisconsin man gets rare disease from dog, has limbs amputated

Wisconsin man gets rare disease from dog, has limbs amputated

Here's what you need to know. "It took a week, and they were taking his legs", Dawn said.

"It hit him with a vengeance", she said. "Looked like someone beat him up with a baseball bat".

Dawn says what happened to her husband was a fluke.

But in exceedingly rare circumstances, that lick can lead to a unsafe and potentially lethal infection from a common bacteria. In Manteufel's case, it caused a critical drop in blood pressure and circulation.

According to doctors, Manteufel just had bad luck. He had just undergone a surgery to remove dead tissue and muscle from what is left of his lower extremities. Surgery is scheduled to remove a portion of both hands as the damage from the sepsis is to extensive.

Because Manteufel faces more hosptial time and likely plastic surgery for his nose, which turned black from the sepsis. 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. He never had any serious medical problems before.

Manteufel has a long road to recovery, but part of that process will hopefully include prosthetic limbs.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the Manteufels.

On the page, Manteufel's family commended him for his courage throughout the scary ordeal.

"It took a week and they were taking his legs", Dawn Manteufel, his wife, told local news outlet Fox 6 Now.

One 2014 study from Japan found the bacteria to be present in 69 percent of dogs and 54 percent of cats.

The bacteria more often impacts people with a weakened immune system. The Centers for Disease Control list specific factors that increase people's risk of getting sick from the bacteria.

A bacteria called Capnocytophaga canimorsus attacked Greg Manteufel quickly and aggressively. Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist with Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, told the station the infection got into his blood and "triggered a very severe response in his body".

The bacteria can be transmitted by biting, licking or even close contact with canines or felines. Officials say three in ten people who get infected die from it. Symptoms typically appear within three to five days, but can take up to two weeks.

If you have one of these conditions and are bitten by a cat or dog, the CDC recommends calling your doctor immediately to describe your animal contact.

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