According to the West Gate Pet Clinic, Capnocytophaga canimorsus infections are transmitted primarily through contact with a pet's saliva, generally through a bite wound, although infections may also be caused by a pet merely licking an open wound or burn.
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Greg Manteufel had to have his limbs amputated through the knee after the germ, called capnocytophaga, saw him develop sepsis and lose all circulation to his lower legs.
However, after doctors conducted several tests, they discovered Manteufel had actually picked up a infection from the bacteria capnocytophaga, which is commonly found in dog and cat saliva. Up to 74 percent of dogs have the bacteria and 57 percent of cats have it.
It has the rare ability to cause disease in healthy individuals but has been known to cause severe illness in people with pre-existing conditions or compromised immune system.
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But thre can be long-term side effects include amputation from gangrene, heart attack, and kidney failure. It can be spread to humans through bites, scratches, or close contact with dogs or cats. Surgery is scheduled to remove a portion of both hands as the damage from the sepsis is to extensive. "People... who have difficulty fighting off infections (for example, people with cancer or those taking certain medications such as steroids) are at greater risk of becoming ill". It took a week and they were taking his legs.
"Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die", Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price told WITI. "He kept just saying, 'Take what you need, but keep me alive.' And they did", Dawn said. "More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue". And they did it.
His wife says he's been around dogs all his life, adding that they can't wrap their heads around what happened. It has so far raised $15,000 of its $25,000 target.
According to the page, Greg will be fitted for prosthetic limbs so he can function independently.