A 48-year-old man with a good history of health, who spent his life with dogs, had his limbs amputated after suffering a rare blood poisoning that presumably came from his own pooch.
Greg Manteufel from West Bend, Wisconsin, landed last month in the emergency room with the flu, which he believed Fox 6 Now.
"It took him revenge," said Dawn Manteufel, his wife, the news agency. "Just bruises over him … looked like someone was beating him with a baseball bat."
Further testing revealed that Manteufel had contracted an infection with a bacterium identified as Capnocytophaga found in the saliva of dogs. The bacteria can cause severe infections in people with weakened immune systems and are transmitted through bites or close contact with infected dogs.
Patients infected with the bacteria may have blisters around the bite, redness or swelling, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, headache and muscle and joint pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms usually appear within three to five days, but it can take up to two weeks for them to present themselves. Severe infections can be fatal within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms.
"This infection in his blood has triggered a very severe reaction to his body," Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist, on Fox 6 Now. "More than 99 percent of people who have dogs will never have this problem, it's just a coincidence."
The infection lowered Manteufel's blood pressure, and the blood circulation to his limbs decreased, causing these limbs to turn black.
Dawn Manteufel said that within a week her husband's legs were gone, followed by more surgeries to remove parts of his hands, and then half of both forearms.
"In addition, all areas of Greg's body and tissues were affected by the bacteria and sepsis, [doctors] saying his nose will need extensive repairs, which means he needs a plastic surgery to build a new healthy nose," it says on a post on the GoFundMe page of the family. "Greg will need several more operations, a lot of time, and his family by his side to reach [through] this life-changing event."
Dawn Manteufel said that they are more focused on what her husband has left over than what was taken away.