WI man has legs and hands amputated after rare disease from dog lick

West Bend (WQOW) – Surgeons have amputated the legs and hands of a Wisconsin man who contracted a rare blood infection from a dog lick. Greg Manteufel remains hospitalized at a Milwaukee-area hospital, according to the Associated Press. The infection caused Manteufel’s blood pressure to drop and circulation in his limbs to decrease rapidly.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for Manteufel, on June 27, the Manteufel family experienced a medical emergency when Greg started feeling ill, within hours of the onset of symptoms, Greg’s body started to go into septic shock. Once he was admitted to the hospital, they were able to confirm the reason Manteufel was septic. He had somehow contracted the bacteria Capnocytophaga Canimorsus. 

Within days of being admitted to the hospital while still fighting for his life, Manteufel first lost both feet, after a second surgery to remove more damage on legs, they amputated thru both Knee caps. Surgery is scheduled to remove a portion of both hands as the damage from the sepsis is to extensive.

All areas of Manteufel’s body and tissue was affected by the bacteria and the sepsis, the doctors say his nose will need extensive repairs, which means he will need plastic surgery to rebuild a new healthy nose. Manteufel is going to need several more surgeries, lots of healing time and his family by his side to get thru this life changing event. 

Capnocytophaga Canimorsus is a normal bacteria that grows in the mouth of up to 60% of dogs and 17% of cats. There have only been about 500 cases logged in the US and Canada since 1976 of this bacterial causing sepsis when no dog bite was found. 

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