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Organ Transplant Recipient Dies from Rabies

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Syracuse, N.Y. -- A man whose organs were donated to a kidney recipient who died of rabies had at least two untreated raccoon bites and tests confirm his rabies-infected kidney caused the recipient's death, according to a medical journal report.

The death of the donor, a North Carolina Air Force recruit, was originally attributed to other causes. But an investigation prompted by the death of the kidney recipient, an Army veteran from Maryland, found evidence of rabies in the donor's brain tissue and also detected encephalitis, a brain inflammation that can be caused by rabies.


I didn't even know this could happen. Wow, I learn something new every day.

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