https://torontosun.com/news/world/the-s ... dog-salivaCapnocytophaga canimorsus is commonly transmitted by dog bites and is usually life-threatening to people who suffer from alcoholism or are asplenic, meaning their spleens don’t function normally. Symptoms typically worsen rapidly.
A case report published by the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ recounted the story of an elderly woman who may have been licked by her household pet and later suffered sepsis and organ failure. The woman recovered after two weeks in an intensive-care unit, says the report, which aptly called the sepsis-causing bacteria the “lick of death.”
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A Wisconsin man has had his hands and legs amputated after bacteria from a dog entered his bloodstream and caused his body to fight the bacteria with bruising and clots. He also will require surgery to reconstruct his nose, which was affected by the bacteria.
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