Bacteria in dog saliva causes Wisconsin man to lose both legs

Manteufel has undergone several surgeries to amputate his legs and arms

Manteufel has undergone several surgeries to amputate his legs and arms

She said life as they knew it changed forever after blood tests revealed an infection caused by the bacteria Capnocytophaga.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says many types of Capnocytophaga are found in the mouths of humans, dogs, and cats. The amputations were necessary after the infection caused Manteufel's blood pressure to drop drastically, which severely reduced blood flow to his limbs and led to tissue death. It can in very rare cases, enter the bloodstream through their licks, bites or other close contact.

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.

A man in Wisconsin, USA, has lost both of his legs and his nose after he caught sepsis following a friendly lick from his pet dog.

The GoFundMe page said the damage also affected all areas of Manteufel's body and that he will need plastic surgery to rebuild his nose.

Infection can usually be treated effectively with antibiotics and is recommended for a minimum of three weeks.

Capnocytophaga can cause opportunistic infections, meaning they have to have the right conditions to cause an infection, such as when a person has a weakened immune system. Then doctors had to remove his hands. According to doctors, Manteufel just had bad luck. "He's been around dogs all of his life... and this happens", said Dawn Manteufel.

It is now unclear where the dog is. "This infection in his blood triggered a very severe response on his body", said Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, who is an infectious disease specialist with the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dawn said that despite the multiple surgeries and long road of rehab ahead, her her husband feels lucky to be alive.

A GoFundMe account set up to cover medical expenses has raised more than $27,000, as of Wednesday morning.

"Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die", Dr. Munoz-Price said. While the infection had been seen before in people who'd been bitten by dogs, the doctors noted it was highly unusual that this woman apparently contracted it from her dog who had licked her.

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