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West Nile reported in organ recipients

October 6, 2005

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— 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.

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