Infectious disease specialist Silvia Munoz-Price told Fox Manteufel had a "very severe response" to the infection.
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Greg Manteufel, of West Bend, Wisc., landed in the emergency room last month with what he thought was the flu, Fox 6 Now reported. Surprisingly enough, they did do it, ' she said.
"It hit him with a vengeance. Looked like someone beat him up with a baseball bat".
48-year-old Manteufel began to go into septic shock as the mysterious symptoms continued to worsen.
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In 2016, doctors in London documented the case of a 70-year-old woman who had been infected with Capnocytophaga. They diagnosed him with a rare blood infection called Capnocytophaga canimorsus.
The infection caused Manteufel's blood pressure to drop and circulation to his limbs decreased. It was either that, or the bacteria would spread and eventually kill him.
The response forced doctors to amputate Greg Manteufel's legs. He recently had surgery to remove dead tissue and muscle from his leg amputations.
He's also scheduled for surgery to remove portions of both hands and will need plastic surgery to rebuild his nose. And then his hands. Prosthetic limbs and more treatment at a rehabilitation centre still await him.
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The Manteufel family created a GOFUNDME account to raise money for medical expenses.
The infection has been devastating for Manteufel and his family. "He is so thankful to be alive today and is taking one day at a time". The animals are immune to it. In fact, up to 74 percent of dogs and up to 57 percent of cats have Capnocytophaga detected in their mouths. One study published in the National Institutes of Health found the bacteria present in 69 percent of dogs and 54 percent of cats. People over age 40 are more at-risk.
The bacteria can be transmitted by biting, licking or even close contact with canines or felines.
Exactly how Manteufel contracted the bacteria is unknown, but doctors suspect that a lick from his own dog likely started the entire process. "More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue". Symptoms typically worsen rapidly.
Dog bites are known to cause extreme medical problems, but we don't often worry about affectionate gestures like licks.
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