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Dog infection: Man loses both legs after pet LICKED him

Dog infection: Man loses both legs after pet LICKED him”

By the next morning, his temperature had soared and he was delirious. "Just bruising all over him. Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat", Dawn Manteufel said. Doctors confirmed he contracted Capnocytophaga Canimorsus.

Doctors snapped into action, first amputating both feet to stop the infection from spreading.

A GoFundMe to help Greg Manteufel, a 48-year-old house painter who enjoys riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles, pay for prosthetics.

- A Wisconsin man lost both of his legs from an infection that spread throughout his body as a result of bacteria that came from dog saliva. It was the sepsis that caused blood spots - the "bruises" Dawn saw on her husband.

Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, said this type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs. "It's just chance", Munoz-Price said.

Greg Manteufel was infected by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria that is found in the salvia of dogs and cats. And it's usually not harmful to people. But in rare cases, the bacteria can poison the blood and cause death.

"It hit him with a vengeance". She said life as they knew it changed forever. About the time he got sick, he had been around eight dogs, including one that belongs to the couple.

These bacteria are found in the mouths of cats and dogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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

One month ago, Greg Manteufel was a long way from a hospital bed. This week, he will have two more, again to clean up dead tissue.

His wife reports he remains in good spirits despite all that's happened to him.

Manteufel's doctor says his case was a rare, unfortunate situation. "There's no negativity from him so far ..." 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.

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.

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.

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