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(FOX NEWS) — A 48-year-old man with a history of good health, and who has spent his life around dogs, was forced to have all of his limbs amputated after contracting a rare blood infection that likely came from his own dog.
Greg Manteufel, of West Bend, Wisc., landed in the emergency room last month with what he thought was the flu, Fox 6 Now reported.
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“It hit him with a vengeance,” Dawn Manteufel, his wife, told the news outlet. “Just bruising all over him. Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat.”
Patients infected with the bacteria may have blisters around the bite wound, redness or swelling, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches and muscle and joint pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms typically appear within three to five days, but can take up to two weeks. Severe infections can be fatal within 72 hours after symptoms appear.
“This infection in his blood triggered a very severe response on his body,” Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious disease specialist, told Fox 6 Now. “More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue. It’s just chance.”
The infection caused Manteufel’s blood pressure to drop and the circulation to his limbs decrease, causing those limbs to turn black.
With a week, according to Dawn Manteufel, her husband’s legs were gone. Manteufel had to undergo additional surgeries to remove portions of his hands, then half of both forearms.
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