Oct. 04, 2019
Best of the States
AP reveals research into a rare-but-severe infection carried by family pets
It could have been a routine follow-up story, but Milwaukee video journalist Carrie Antlfinger found a way to tell that story and break news.
Very little was known last year when Greg Manteufel, a perfectly healthy Wisconsin man, developed a severe blood infection attributed to a bacterium commonly found in the saliva of cats and dogs.
While reporting on Manteufel’s effort to reclaim his life after more than 20 surgeries and the loss of his limbs, Antlfinger discovered an angle that had not been pursued by other outlets: Researchers had identified a genetic factor that appears to make otherwise healthy people susceptible to the disease.
Antlfinger shot video, photos and wrote the story, which received strong play in all formats.
For a compelling story of recovery that also broke medical news, Antlfinger receives this week’s Best of the States award.