The 48-year-old American was trying to show love to four-legged pets by kissing them and allowing them to lick their faces. The man did not feel well and came to the hospital with symptoms he thought were flu or a severe cold. After detailed research, it was found that 48-year-old Greg Manteufel Capnocytophaga canimorsus, ie. a very rare bacterium found in dog saliva. The infection caused by the pathogen began to progress very rapidly. The man first had high blood pressure, then had problems with blood circulation in the extremities. As a result, they had to be amputated. Greg also lost part of his infected nose and upper lip. Doctors have acknowledged that such a reaction to infection is extremely rare, especially in a healthy person like Manteufel. Nevertheless, Sr.Experts warn dog owners not to kiss them or allow them to lick their faces because you never know how your body will react to contact with bacteria.
Even if all four of us are regularly examined and vaccinated, we are at risk of contracting dangerous diseases. There are many dangerous pathogens.
The most common diseases that can be caught in direct contact are, for example, kissing a dog or stroking it and then washing your hands. exinococcal tapeworm and canine tapeworm. Dogs are their ultimate hosts, but tapeworms are also ready to parasitize humans. In this case, the route of infection is simple. It is enough for the dog to come in contact with the feces of the tapeworm, and the parasite will be in his hair. From there, perhaps a person kisses or caresses a pet, then without washing his hands and touching his mouth with them.
In the case of canine tapeworm, the disease it causes (dipilidosis) is very rare and is usually asymptomatic. This can look like rectal itching, which is caused by the removed limbs of the tapeworm.
In the case of echinococcosis, the problem is more complicated and dangerous. Although the symptoms do not appear immediately, sometimes the examination reveals an accidental infection, sometimes its presence can cause abdominal pain and cramping, as well as fever. When exinococcal tapeworm affects the lungs, it can develop shortness of breath and even coughing up blood and sputum.
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Yes The serious disease is caused by infection with the bacterium Pasteurella multocidaIt is found in the upper respiratory tract of domestic animals such as dogs, cats and cattle. The pathogen is transmitted to humans not only through contact with dog saliva, but also through bites or scratches.
Inflammation that develops as a result of contact with the bacterium after the pathogen has been transferred may be local and may occur only in the area of skin and subcutaneous tissue. General inflammation is more dangerous, resulting in symptoms such as colds and flu-like fever, headaches and pain in the paranasal sinuses, swollen lymph nodes, and sore throats and coughs. However, the symptoms can be much more severe and unusual, such as facial pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, vision, speech and sensory disturbances. This infection can cause very serious complications such as arthritis, meningitis and even sepsis.
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Helicobacter pylori is another bacterium that can be easily transmitted from dogs to humans. Its location is in the digestive system, and it is also present in saliva, so it is easily transmitted to subsequent victims.
Symptoms of infection with this bacterium include, first of all, diseases of the digestive system, such as heartburn, bloating, belching, abdominal pain, diarrhea and bad breath. However, its course is often asymptomatic, which is dangerous, because chronic inflammation caused by the presence of this bacterium in our digestive system is even more prone to complications that can lead to gastric ulcer or cancer.
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