Wis­con­sin man loses four limbs

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Ivan Moreno As­so­ci­ated Press

More surg­eries ahead af­ter dog lick leads to rare blood in­fec­tion.

MIL­WAU­KEE — A Wis­con­sin man was pre­par­ing for ad­di­tional surg­eries af­ter hav­ing part of his legs and fore­arms am­pu­tated be­cause of a dog lick that led to a rare blood in­fec­tion, his wife said last week.

Greg Man­teufel, 48, has been hos­pi­tal­ized since late June, when he went to a Mil­wau­kee-area hos­pi­tal with flu-like symp­toms. He was in good spir­its de­spite hav­ing un­der­gone seven surg­eries, said his wife, Dawn Man­teufel.

She said her hus­band still has sev­eral more surg­eries to go, but that he was look­ing for­ward to be­ing fit­ted for pros­thetic limbs.

“He’s happy to be here. He said he didn’t come this far to cry about it and say, ‘Why me?’ ” she said.

Her hus­band was di­ag­nosed with a blood in­fec­tion caused by cap­no­cy­tophaga, bac­te­ria that is com­mon in the saliva of cats and dogs but al­most never leads to ill­ness, said Dr. Sil­via Munoz-Price, an epi­demi­ol­o­gist with Froedtert & the Med­i­cal Col­lege of Wis­con­sin, where Man­teufel is be­ing treated.

The doc­tor said an­i­mal lovers have no need to panic: They’re more likely to die in a car ac­ci­dent than to be in­fected by the bac­te­ria.

“It’s ex­tremely rare. Do not get rid of your pets. Con­tinue be­hav­ing the same way that you have be­haved with your pets up un­til now,” Munoz-Price said.

Dawn Man­teufel said her hus­band’s symp­toms be­gan June 26, with a fever and pain in his legs.

But then he started ex­pe­ri­enc­ing delir­ium, and bruises and blem­ishes de­vel­oped dur­ing the short car ride to a hos­pi­tal in West Bend, Wis., where he was treated ini­tially, she said.

The in­fec­tion caused Greg Man­teufel’s blood pres­sure to drop and cir­cu­la­tion in his limbs to rapidly de­crease, which in it­self isn’t un­usual for blood in­fec­tions, Munoz-Price said.


Greg Man­teufel, 48, faces more surg­eries af­ter con­tract­ing a rare blood in­fec­tion from a dog lick. The tip of his nose also lost blood cir­cu­la­tion and will need surgery to re­pair.

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