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Ill. transplant patient getting anti-rabies shots

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 11:00 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois organ transplant recipient is receiving anti-rabies shots after another recipient from the same donor died of the disease.

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the patient has no rabies symptoms, but began treatment on Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that four people received donated organs from a man unknowingly infected with rabies.

The donor died in Florida in 2011, and his kidneys, heart and liver were transplanted soon afterward. A Maryland man who received a kidney died more than a week ago.

Arnold says privacy laws prevent the department from disclosing the age or gender of the Illinois recipient, or the organ the patient received.

Illinois officials are also trying to identify any hospital workers who might need anti-rabies shots.

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