Greg Manteufel was infected by Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria that is found in the salvia of dogs and cats.
Avid biker Greg Manteufel was forced to have the bottom of his legs amputated below the knee after capnocytophaga - a frightful bacteria - caused him to lose all blood circulation there through sepsis.
Symptoms usually appear within one to eight days of exposure, but mostly on the second day. Dr Sylvia Munoz-Price said: "This type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs". 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. Since 1976, there have been about 500 reported cases In the United States US and Canada when no signs of an actual cat or dog bite was found.
Dawn Manteufel said that within one week, her husband's legs were gone, followed by more surgeries to remove portions of his hands, and then half of both forearms. As the damage grew more severe, he had to have both of his legs amputated above his kneecaps. "Surprisingly enough, they did do it".
The bacteria more often impacts people with a weakened immune system.
Greg Manteufel, 48, went to the hospital on June 27 after he began exhibiting flu-like symptoms and, within hours of being admitted, he went into septic shock, according to a GoFundMe page started on his behalf.
"If they're very unwell, they should keep their distance from their pets", he said. "A$3 ll of the sudden, he's 48 years old and been around dogs all of his life. and this happens".
"This is an organism carried in the mouths of dog and it causes a very bad sepsis infection". Up to 74 percent of dogs and 57 percent of cats have Capnocytophaga, but the bacteria don't cause illness in dogs and cats, the CDC says.
"This bacteria caused the sepsis in Greg's body that has completely changed not only Greg's life but his entire family's as well", states a GoFundMe page set up by Manteufel's loved ones.
"That's all he kept saying to the doctors, 'Take what you need but keep me alive.' And they did it".
"Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die", Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price told WITI.
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