A Maryland transplant recipient has died of rabies after receiving an infected organ from a donor, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday.
The CDC said that three other patients also received organs from the rabies-infected donor and were now receiving rabies shots.
Transmission of rabies through donated organs is extremely rare.
"The organ transplant occurred more than a year before the recipient developed symptoms and died of rabies," read a CDC press statement. "This period is much longer than the typical rabies incubation period of one to three months, but is consistent with prior case reports of long incubation periods."