Atlanta — Three organ transplant patients recently were infected with West Nile virus from a common donor - the second such report of infection from the virus through organ donation.
The infections were reported Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The organ donor, a New York City resident, was hospitalized in August after a traumatic head injury and died three days later.
A New York patient who received his liver became ill with a West Nile infection and fell into a coma, as did a Pennsylvania lung recipient. A kidney recipient also was infected with the virus, but had no symptoms.
The virus has not been detected in a fourth patient, who also received a kidney, health officials said. None of the patients' names were released.