Additionally, the CDC notes those over the age of 40 who drink alcohol excessively and those without a spleen are also at risk. It was just all too real again for us," the father, Chris Young, said this week. Please give an overall site rating: Again, infections are rare. Can a dog's lick kill you? I'm already a fan, don't show this again. Researchers at Brigham Genomic Medicine near Boston recently revealed that the same bacteria that ravaged the body of Greg Manteufal of West Bend -- capnocytophaga -- may have entered Liam's bloodstream and caused the infection.
Again, infections are rare.
Death from a dog lick? Veterinarian explains rare infection triggered by pets' saliva
Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube. Three years ago, Young's son Liam was put into a medically-induced coma and had his fingers and toes removed. According to the CDC, the bacteria Capnocytophaga can spread to humans through bites, scratches, or close contact from a four-legged friend and can cause serious illness in humans. Found the story interesting? How can we improve? The best way to find out if your dog or cat carries this bacteria is to have a veterinarian run a test. Given the percentage of dogs and cats that carry the bacteria, combined with the number of reported cases, your chances of being infected with this bacteria are relatively rare.