Second patient in organ transplant dies of rabies

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21 February 2005, HANNOVERSCH MUENDEN - A second patient in Germany who received an organ from a donor infected with rabies has died, medical authorities said on Monday. The 70-year-old man, who had received a kidney, died on Monday afternoon at the hospital treating him in Hannoversch Muenden, north of Kassel. A woman who had received a lung from the donor died in Hanover on Sunday. Both patients had failed to respond to a new rabies treatment developed in the United States where it had saved the life of

21 February 2005

HANNOVERSCH MUENDEN - A second patient in Germany who received an organ from a donor infected with rabies has died, medical authorities said on Monday.

The 70-year-old man, who had received a kidney, died on Monday afternoon at the hospital treating him in Hannoversch Muenden, north of Kassel.

A woman who had received a lung from the donor died in Hanover on Sunday.

Both patients had failed to respond to a new rabies treatment developed in the United States where it had saved the life of a 15-year-old girl infected with the disease.

Six patients had been given organs from the 26-year-old female donor who had died in December. However, three of them have shown no symptoms of the viral infection which is nearly always fatal.

Hospital authorities in Mainz, who removed the organs, said prescribed medical tests were carried out, but that testing for rabies was not part of the procedure.

Doctors learned only later that the woman had last October spent some time in India where several thousand people die of rabies each year.

She had shown no symptoms of the disease, which may be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected animal. The incubation period can, however, can last many months.    

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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