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Rare rabies death was from kidney transplant

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A Maryland man died from a transplanted, rabies-infected kidney that came from a donor who was not known to have the disease, a rare death that prompted authorities to treat three other transplant patients, US health officials said Friday.

The man who died had received the kidney more than a year ago. The recipients of the donor’s other kidney, heart, and liver are getting anti-rabies shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those patients live in Florida, Georgia, and Illinois.

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