apparently in texas, unknowingly , a man was bitten by a bat and contracted the rabies virus. he started to develop neurological signs and none of his doctors could figure out what was wrong with him. since he was an organ donor, when he passed away his lungs and i don't remember what other organs, were donated to 3 people who were on the list. 21 - 27 days after receiving this mans organs all 3 recipients died. tissue samples were sent to the CDC and it was found that they all died of rabies. apparently the organs were infected with the virus. the organ donor had passed all the required testing for being an organ donor but rabies isn't/wasn't part of the testing protocol. i found this to be very interesting. i have heard in the past that you could be bitten by a bat and never know it. they leave such teeny little marks that you probably never even see them. especially if you were sleeping at the time and were bitten in the head.
well, we are going through rabies shots right now because we had a rabid bat in the house and according to the experts we consulted it is easy to get bitten and not notice!! that is terrible though- three people wow. i had an uncle who got hepatitis from a blood transfusion. it is rough knowing that the thing that was supposed to save a life ended up taking it.
That happened in Dallas, I live just two hours north from there. I think four people actually got organs from him. I think the fourth one dies of complications to the surgery. I think its a very sad thing.
I live in Texas too, and heard about this. How terrible. I know it is a unique situation, but when screening for organ donations, blood, etc I think they should screen for everything possible. I know it would be expensive, but I'm sure the people receiving the blood, organs, etc would think it worth the price.