A Maryland man recently died of rabies that he contracted from a tainted organ he received in a transplant operation more than a year ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
Health care teams are now giving anti-rabies shots to three other patients who received organs from the same donor as the Maryland man, the CDC said.
The Maryland man and three other people -- in Florida, Georgia and Illinois -- received organs from a person who died in Florida in 2011. At the time, rabies wasn't suspected as the cause of the donor's death, and no rabies test was done before the donor's kidneys, heart, and liver were delivered for transplantation, the CDC said.
Health officials investigating the Maryland recipient's death made the rabies diagnosis this month. Officials then re-examined the donor's death and determined the donor also died of rabies, according to the CDC.