Most of the serious injuries related to dog bites that Los Angeles dog bite lawyers come across involve facial injuries, ripped skin, scalp wounds another injuries. A Canadian woman recently suffered a devastating bacterial infection after she was bitten by a dog. The infection led to a limb amputation.
The woman was playing with her dog, a three-year-old Shih Tzu, when the dog bit one of her knuckles. The woman's three other dogs came over and licked her wound. The woman did not think too much of it then, but just days later, she was in a coma. When she came to, the doctors informed her that they would have to amputate her arm and leg because a deadly infection had spread throughout her body.
The Capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteria that are normally found in dog saliva caused the Infection. However, the organism is rarely linked to infections in human beings.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is a very rare condition, and can cause septicemia or infections of the bloodstream, and meningitis. In rare cases, the person may even suffer from endocarditis, and ocular infections. These infections can be very hard to diagnose.
These infections are rare, but they have been recorded inside this country as well. Earlier this year in fact, a Texas woman suffered a dangerous infection caused by the very same organism that led to the Canadian women's amputation.
In this case, the woman, a young mother, suffered a life-threatening infection after a dog bite that she sustained while she was trying to break up a quarrel between her dogs. She developed an infection, and had to undergo an amputation of her leg and fingers.