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‘Lick of death’: Why Greg lost his legs and hands

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Wisconsin Greg Manteufel’s symptoms began with fever and vomiting, as if he had the flu. By the following morning, he was delirious, and his temperature had soared.

His wife rushed him to the hospital, a quick drive from their Wisconsin home. Once they arrived, Dawn Manteufel said she noticed bruises – several of them, all over his body – that weren’t there when they left their house just five minutes earlier. To Dawn, it was as if her husband had just been beaten with a baseball bat.

Within a week at the hospital, the 48-year-old who paints houses for a living and loves to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost his legs. And then his hands.

Greg Manteufel suffered a rare blood infection after harmful bacteria from a dog’s saliva seeped into his bloodstream, causing sepsis, or blood poisoning.

Greg Manteufel in hospital.

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A healthy man was licked by his dog. He was dead within weeks

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

The 63-year-old man showed up in the hospital with a burning sensation in his left leg and muscle pain in both legs. His flu-like symptoms were severe, with laboured breathing for three days. He had petechiae, or rounds spots on the skin that look like rashes as a result of bleeding capillaries, which made his legs look discoloured.

The patient’s heartbeat was stable, doctors said, even though he was running a temperature of 38.8 degrees. His laboured breathing caused an inadequate supply of oxygen to his tissue. His failing kidneys were not producing urine, researchers wrote.

The man was infected with a type of bacteria found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats.

The man was infected with a type of bacteria found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats.Credit:iStock

But doctors had no idea what was wrong with him. He had not recently been in the hospital. They suspected some kind of bacteria, but he didn’t have any open wounds and he didn’t have meningitis.

It wasn’t until his fourth day in the hospital that a blood test revealed that the man had a type of bacteria found in the saliva of healthy dogs and cats. It’s a kind of bacteria that’s usually only transmitted to humans if they are bitten.

But the German man is dead because his dog licked him.

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Boy Dies from ‘Brain-Eating’ Amoeba Infection Picked Up in Hot Spring

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

This rare infection has a 97% fatality rate

A boy in California died from a rare “brain-eating” amoeba infection after swimming in a hot spring, according to a new report.

In October 2018, the boy swam in a natural freshwater pool in an area known as Hot Ditch, a popular recreational spot in the Eastern Sierra region of California supplied by warm spring water and frequently visited by local residents and tourists alike. Twelve days later, the symptoms set in. After two days of being racked by fever, headaches and vomiting, the boy was brought to an intensive care unit in Southern California, where he experienced respiratory failure.

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6 in 10 Infectious Diseases Come from Animals. The CDC Is Most Worried About These 8.

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

More than half of the infectious diseases that affect people come from animals. Now, for the first time, the government is releasing a list of the top eight illnesses spread from animals — called zoonotic diseases — in the United States.

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Can a Detox or Cleanse Process Help Your Liver?

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

You want to do everything you can to take an active role in your health. But if you think you need a liver detox (also known as a liver cleanse or flush), you should know there isn’t much it can do for you.

Your liver is one of the largest organs in your body. It helps remove waste products and processes various nutrients and medicines. Most people think a cleanse will help their liver remove toxins better after too much alcohol or unhealthy foods. Some hope it will help their liver work better on a daily basis. Many believe it’ll help treat liver disease.

Like most detox methods, a liver cleanse has specific steps. You may have to fast or to only drink juices or other liquids for several days. You might need to eat a restricted diet, or take herbal or dietary supplements. Some detoxes also prompt you to buy a variety of other commercial products. Some approaches may combine several of these methods.

Is There Any Proof That Liver Detox Works?

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Baby loses all his hands & feet after throat infection turns to sepsis

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

WARNING! GRAPHIC

A mum has shared the horrifying details of her baby losing all four of his limbs after a throat infection turned into deadly sepsis.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after doctors warned mum Abigail Wardle, 23, that her 11-month-old son wasn’t going to pull through.

And even after he beat the infection, Abigail, from Cleethorpes, in the UK, had to endure the horror of Oliver’s leg self-amputating and coming away in her hand as she held him in his hospital bed.

It was a shocking ordeal considering just 48 hours earlier he’d been a happy, giggling little boy.

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

Oliver Aisthorpe has made a miraculous recovery after a deadly illness robbed him of all four limbs. Picture: Caters News

“Oliver had seemed a bit under the weather. But that night, he got more ill and seemed lifeless,” Abigail said. “When I moved him, it was as though his bones were aching.”

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A Common Cold Virus Wiped Away Bladder Cancer in One Patient

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

A simple cold virus could wipe out tumors in a form of bladder cancer, a small new study suggests.

Though the idea of using viruses to fight cancer isn’t new, this is the first time a cold virus effectively treated an early-stage form of bladder cancer. In one patient, it eliminated a cancerous tumor, the group reported July 4 in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

A group of researchers conducted an early-stage clinical trial in which they infected 15 bladder cancer patients with coxsackievirus A21, which is one of the viruses that cause the common cold. Coxsackievirus is not a genetically modified virus; it’s “something that occurs in nature,” said senior author Hardev Pandha, a professor of medical oncology at the University of Surrey in England. [Exercise May Reduce the Risk of These 13 Cancers]

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Melbourne Australian 54 year old father of two travels to Switzerland to end his life

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Troy Thornton says he would have preferred to die at home but Victoria’s assisted dying laws − which come into effect only just this year − would not have allowed it.

Troy Thornton with his wife and two children on a family holiday.
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Retired Melbourne firefighter Troy Thornton is a long way from home.

And he won’t be returning from Europe after deciding to end his life in Switzerland on Friday.

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Building Practice causing deaths & serious illnesses as reported in Qld Australia

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

AN IMMEDIATE ban has been issued on a certain building practice after dozens of new cases of the disease silicosis are brought to our attention.

Recent cases of trades people contracting the life-threatening lung disease prompted the Queensland government to announce an immediate ban on dry-cutting artificial stone benchtops.

More than 20 new cases have come forward in the past three weeks alone – including six terminal cases.

Andrew White is a Gold Coast stonemason who went public with his diagnosis, urging other tradies to protect themselves.

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07 Aug 2018 9:37 AM AEST – Biotoxin-related CIRS illnesses roundtable discussion

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The Australian Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee will be holding a roundtable discussion in Canberra on Thursday, 9 August 2018, as part of its Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illnesses in Australia.

The Committee Chair, Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, said that ‘the Committee will hear a range of perspectives on the possible health effects of dampness and mould, and the prevalence, diagnosis and treatment available for the illness described as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)’.

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