Skip to comments.Rabid organ transplant kills Maryland man
Posted on 03/16/2013 1:57:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
A man in the US state of Maryland has died of rabies, which he contracted from an infected kidney transplant more than a year ago, health officials say.
The early March death has led officials to treat three other patients who received organs from the same donor.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say doctors did not suspect rabies as the cause of death in the donor and did not test for it.
Typically no more than three cases of rabies are diagnosed in the US yearly.
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It does indeed mean that it is either 1) rare; or 2) massively misdiagnosed.
I hope this doesn’t lead to a frivolous lawsuit. There is a limit to how much a physician can test transplant organs before the organs become unusable due to age and the cost becomes prohibitive. A lawsuit will simply make transplants harder to get and more expensive.
yes but with rabies they could have done the transplant before getting the test results, and treated them afterwards successfully if the tests came back positive.
Uh, Mr. Vice-President. Seems like there's uh, this teeny-weeny problem...
And how many hundreds of other things are we going to test for?
It means the people we most often harvest organs from have facial tattoos, heroin addictions, and co-reside with rats.
I would bet the donor came from Prince Georges County.
The article states it was over a year after the transplant.
I thought that rabies was curable only for the first 28 days, and after that it was irreversible.
It wasn’t me!
Twenty years ago, I was temporarily working at our Consulate in Guadalajara. A woman in the office fell ill and after visiting several local doctors, nobody could identify her sickness. She was medevaced to Mexico City to see the Regional Medical Officer who was similarly stumped. She was then medevaced to an Army hospital in DC, even though she was a State Department civilian. She underwent an exhaustive series of tests there. Finally, she was diagnosed with typhoid fever. Nobody recognized it because none of the doctors had ever seen it. Once identified, they were able to cure her and then return her to duty, thank God.
“It means the people we most often harvest organs from have facial tattoos, heroin addictions, and co-reside with rats.” Any link for that?
I have an even dumber question...
Why are we using organs from people who died of “unknown causes?”
"What people have to understand is that donors now, except for the 75-year-olds who die of intracranial bleeds, are not part of the church choir."
Again, “we most often harvest organs from have facial tattoos, heroin addictions, and co-reside with rats. it is your statement. I just wonder how you can justify it.
Alright, it was a bit of exaggeration but not too much. A heroine user with face tats is not long for this world and sick people facing death aren’t too picky, and neither are the people living off transplant work.
I understand what you are saying, and you do make some good comments.