This thread is for the sole purpose of educating your fellow Mofos. This could potentially save a life!

I'll start this off with a real eye-opener (article contains graphic images)...


"A West Bend man contracted a blood infection after he was licked by a dog, and in an unusual set of circumstances, he needed multiple amputations.

One month ago, Greg Manteufel was a long way from a hospital bed.

"He loves riding his Harley," said Dawn Manteufel, Greg's wife.

Dawn Manteufel said her husband was perfectly healthy, but what they initially thought was the flu landed Greg in the emergency room.

"It hit him with a vengeance. Just bruising all over him. Looked like somebody beat him up with a baseball bat," said Dawn Manteufel.

She said life as they knew it changed forever. In late June, blood tests revealed an infection caused by the bacteria capnocytophaga.

The infection very likely entered Greg's system by something common -- getting licked by a dog, probably his own.

"This type of bacteria comes from the saliva of dogs. This infection in his blood triggered a very severe response on his body," said Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, infectious disease specialist with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

That response caused Greg's blood pressure to drop and the circulation in his limbs to decrease rapidly.

"Sometimes it decreases so much that the arms and legs just die," said Dr. Munoz-Price.

Doctors were forced to amputate his limbs.

"We can't wrap our heads around it that all of a sudden, he's 48 years old and been around dogs all of his life... and this happens," said Dawn Manteufel.

Doctors say Greg's case is simply a fluke.

"More than 99 percent of the people that have dogs will never have this issue. It's just chance," said Dr. Munoz-Price."

So much for that saying that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. Be careful dog (and cat) owners. Especially those of you that let your dog lick you on the mouth. You should probably stop that either way, it's just gross.

We've gone on holiday by mistake
Wearing a radioactive suit around my dogs now. Cheers!

"Self-cloning super-ticks are sparking worry in some as the arachnids recently were linked with killing five cows by sucking their blood dry in North Carolina.

Asian longhorned ticks were first found in the U.S. in 2017. Earlier this year, an article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases noted that the first man was bitten by one of the pests in New York State.

Dr. Bobbi S. Pritt, director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic, said the finding was “extremely worrisome for several reasons,” she wrote in a commentary for the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, as reported by Arts Technica.

Although ticks are common in the U.S., the Asian longhorned species has sparked concern as females can lay eggs and reproduce without mating, as stated by the CDC. An individual animal may have thousands of ticks on it at one time.

Ticks carry multiple infections and viruses outside the U.S., but to date the ticks have not been found carrying any diseases in the country. However, bites from the ticks have made people in other countries seriously ill, according to the CDC, which has sparked concern as the ticks were found responsible for the death of five cattle.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and CS Veterinary Division shared an advisory to livestock owners to watch out for the ticks after five cows were ruled dead by acute anemia — which occurs when there is an “abrupt drop” in red blood cells, typically caused by acute hemmorhage or the destruction of red blood cells.

“Ticks attack people, domestic animals and wildlife. Prevention remains the best method to deter tick-borne illnesses. Protect yourself while outdoors by wearing long clothing, wearing permethrin-treated clothing, and using DEET, picaridin, and other EPA-approved repellants. It is also good practice to shower immediately once you return home. Checking for ticks can help deter tick attachment or allow for early removal. For domestic animals, talk to your veterinarian about effective options to treat your pets and livestock for ticks,” the advisory read.

So far, Asian longhorned ticks have been found in Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia."

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Glad you're still here with both arms at least. You were able to type a reply
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