Bacteria in dog saliva causes Wisconsin man to lose both legs

  • Bacteria in dog saliva causes Wisconsin man to lose both legs

Bacteria in dog saliva causes Wisconsin man to lose both legs

He said that people with low immune systems should be careful, as they could be vulnerable to an infection. "It looked like someone beat him up with a baseball bat", she said.

Manteufel contracted Capnocytophaga canimorsus, but there are other species of the bacteria that cause lesser side effects compared to what he had to go through.

Doctors were forced to amputate Manteufel's legs in order to keep him alive. Then doctors had to remove his hands.

Through a blood test, doctors diagnosed Manteufel with an infection caused by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria often found in dog and cat saliva. It was the sepsis that caused blood spots - the "bruises" Dawn saw on her husband.

'Just bruising all over him.

"Why him? Why did this happen to us?"

This type of bacteria is found in the mouths of 60 percent of dogs and about 17 percent of cats, however, it is a normal bacteria and this sort of case very rarely happens. And it's usually not harmful to people. But in rare cases, the bacteria can poison the blood and cause death.

Exactly how Manteufel contracted the bacteria is unknown, but doctors suspect that a lick from his own dog likely started the entire process.

It is now unclear where the dog is.

"He loves dogs. He would touch any dog; he doesn't care", she told the Post.

For the past month, Manteufel has been at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Dawn, his wife, told Fox 6: "It hit him with a vengeance". A second surgery was done in an attempt to remove some of the damage to his legs, but that ultimately was not enough.

He's in good spirits, his wife said, aware of what he has lost but at peace that he must now live an entirely different life, sitting in a power wheelchair.

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.

This was explained by one of the doctors that treated him in the hospital in West Bend, WI.

His days in the hospital are also far from over.

Manteufel's condition has stabilized, but he has more surgeries ahead of him. A GoFundMe campaign has raised almost $30,000 (U.S.) as of Wednesday.

Jason Marchand, the page's creator, said: "Greg has held his head high and is taking all the news like a beast".

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