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Md. recommends better screening of organ donors

Saturday - 10/26/2013, 1:56pm  ET

BEN NUCKOLS
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Maryland health officials are recommending better screening of potential organ donors in response to a patient who died of rabies after receiving a kidney from an infected donor.

The patient died in February, about a year and a half after receiving the kidney from the donor, an avid outdoorsman from North Carolina who got sick after a fishing trip in Florida. Doctors thought the donor, 20-year-old William Edward Small, had eaten tainted fish.

The recommendations in a report on the case from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are similar to those made by the federal Centers for Disease Control and the United Network for Organ Sharing.

The Maryland report was completed this week and provided to The Associated Press.


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