Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Wisconsin man contracts rare blood infection from dog

Wisconsin man contracts rare blood infection from dog

Greg Manteufel started feeling sick June 27 and went into septic shock, according to a GoFundMe account set up in his name.

His wife told Washington Post that her husband is in good spirits. To Dawn, it was as if her husband had just been beaten with a baseball bat.

"He's happy to be here". She said she doesn't know which dog was carrying the bacteria that attacked her husband.

Greg Manteufel suffered a rare blood infection after harmful bacteria from a dog's saliva seeped into his bloodstream, causing sepsis, or blood poisoning from bacteria.

Doctors have said that the bacteria's name is Capnocytophaga Canimorsus, which is commonly found in dogs and cats. However, these infections in humans are extremely rare. "Continue behaving the same way that you have behaved with your pets up until now", Munoz-Price said. But then he started experiencing delirium, and bruises and blemishes developed during the short vehicle ride to a hospital in West Bend, Wisconsin, where he was treated initially, she said. His body's response to the bacteria "caused Greg's blood pressure to drop, and the circulation in his limbs to decrease rapidly", according to ABC7. The doctors then chose to amputate Greg's legs and hands to save him from further spread of infection. He had further surgery to remove dead tissue and muscle from his leg amputations, and, this week, he will have two more surgeries to remove dead tissue. He may have to go through a reconstruction surgery for his nose, his wife said, because lack of blood flow caused it to turn black.

"We can't wrap our heads around it that all of the sudden, he's 48 years old and been around dogs all of his life... and this happens", Ms Manteufel said.

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"More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue".

"We have trillions of bacteria in our bodies". We hope that Greg will be able to recover as soon as possible and lead a happy life with his beloved family.

"It took a week and they were taking his legs", she told the television station.

The CDC doesn't track the number of infections from capnocytophaga.

First, he must move back in with his parents, at least temporarily, because theirs is a one-level home where he can move around easily. Then they would sell their house to buy a one-story house.

Despite the severity of his illness, Dawn says Manteufel has remained positive, saying "it is what it is, so we have to move forward".

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