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Ann Gregory
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (4): .
Published online: 16 August 2004

Three recipients of transplanted organs from a donor who died of a presumptive subarachnoid haemorrhage died a few weeks later themselves — from rabies.1 According to the US Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) these are the first reported cases of rabies transmission via solid organ transplantation; rabies has been transmitted previously via corneal transplants. Later, it was reported that a segment of iliac artery recovered from the donor had been used in another liver transplantation procedure; the recipient also died of rabies a few weeks after the procedure.

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