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Re: Killer Superbugs!
« Reply #30 on: August 02, 2018, 08:43:39 AM »
Fortunately, few monkeys can afford airfare. It won't go pandemic, I don't think. But something else will.

Think about how the world would deal with something like airborne HIV.

Ebola kills too many too fast. The hosts die before they can travel, most of the time. And it happens in a part of the world where most people use "their feet for their only carriage", as Bob Marley said. Ebola would have already gone pandemic if it was going that way.

Maybe if it mutates to something even worse at some point.

The worst part I see is that survivors can still shed virus. Eventually, that might mean that pockets of Ebola will be treated by genocide.

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How a Lick from a Dog Led to a Man's Leg and Arm Amputations
« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2018, 10:13:50 AM »
Just found this in my personal email, and knew it belonged as part of this thread. "Just chance."
Yeesh.

How a Lick from a Dog Led to a Man's Leg and Arm Amputations

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How a Lick from a Dog Led to a Man's Leg and Arm Amputations
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A 48-year-old man from Wisconsin recently contracted a rare blood infection that led to the amputation of his legs and parts of his arms, according to news reports. And the most likely source of the devastating infection was his own dog.

Greg Manteufel went to the hospital with what he thought was the flu, local news outletFox 6 Nowreported yesterday (July 30). But within a week, the doctors had to amputate both of his legs and, later, portions of his hands and forearms. 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.

Blood tests revealed that Manteufel's infection was caused by abacterium calledCapnocytophaga, according to Fox 6 Now. [11 Ways Your Beloved Pet May Make You Sick]

These bacteria are found in the mouths of cats and dogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). 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.

In humans, however, it's a different story. In very rare cases, the bacteria can spread to humans through bites, scratches or close contact with cats and dogs. The people most at risk for this infection are those with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC. (It's unclear if Manteufel had a weakened immune system).

If a person becomes infected withCapnocytophaga, the bacteria can spread to the bloodstream and cause infections in various parts of the body, including ablood infectionknown as sepsis. Sepsis occurs when the immune system responds overwhelmingly to an infection, triggering body-wide inflammation and, potentially, organ failure.

Most people who get sick with the bacteria typically start experiencing symptoms within three to five days of becoming infected, but symptoms may occur anywhere from one to 14 days after infection, according to the CDC. Symptoms include blisters, redness, swelling, pus or pain around the animal bite location (if a bite was involved), fever, diarrhea, headache, vomiting and muscle or joint pain.

As in Manteufel's case, the infection can sometimes lead to gangrene, ortissue death, and require amputations to save the rest of the body.

Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an infectious-disease specialist with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin told Fox 6 Now that the case is extremely rare. "More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue. It's just chance," she said.

Originally published onLive Science.

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Re: Killer Superbugs!
« Reply #32 on: August 02, 2018, 10:45:30 AM »
I've heard anecdotal accounts from respectable colleagues that point to weird occasional dental disease situations that seem to only happen to cat fanciers.  There is enough there to make me believe stuff like that does happen.

I have dogs and a cat, and my own dog is attracted to, and wants to lick, any tiny scratch or scab that has the tiniest bit of bleeding. I am at risk, I'm sure.
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