Surviving transplant patients treated amid rabies scare

03/17/2013 | Las Vegas Sun

The three surviving recipients of organs from a 20-year-old man who died of the raccoon rabies virus are being treated and have shown no signs of infection, according to public health officials who made the discovery after a Maryland organ recipient died of the disease. The organ donor's cause of death was recorded as encephalitis, which can be caused by a number of conditions including rabies. "Rabies is very unusual, and it can look like a lot of different things," said Dr. Matthew Kuehnert, director of the CDC's Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety. "I personally can't say I would have been able to make the correct diagnosis had I been there, without knowing what I know now."

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