May 19, 2024
Man dies of rare infection after he was licked by his dog
Doctors are now warning pet-owners to seek urgent medical advice if they’re experiencing severe flu-like symptoms.
Doctors are now warning pet-owners to seek urgent medical advice if they’re experiencing severe flu-like symptoms.

Note, a graphic photo follows of the dog-owner’s injuries.

A 63-year-old man from Germany has died because of a rare infection traced back to a lick from his dog. 

In a paper published by the European Journals of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, doctors are now warning pet-owners to seek urgent medical advice if they’re experiencing severe flu-like symptoms. 

“Pet owners with flu-like symptoms should urgently seek medical advice when their symptoms exceed those of a simple viral infection, which in this case were severe dyspnoea and petechiae,” writes the report’s lead author Naomi Mader

The disease contracted by the man, who was admitted to Red Cross Hospital in Bremen, Germany, was due to the bacterium capnocytophaga canimorsus. It’s found most commonly in the mouths of cats and dogs, and is transmitted to humans in rare cases, usually through an animal bite. 

The most susceptible are those who suffer from immunodeficiency, splenectomy or alcohol abuse, but the report notes that the patient didn’t suffer from those conditions.

In this case, the man had also not been bitten.

Instead, he was only licked by his pet during the weeks before he was admitted to the hospital. 

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