Washington: A rare case of raccoon rabies is responsible for killing both a US kidney donor in 2011 and his transplant recipient 18 months later, US researchers said Tuesday.The report in the July 24 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association describes the final results of an investigation into the case, which was announced by US health authorities in March.Doctors did not realize that the donor, described by US media reports as an Air Force mechanic in his 20s, had rabies when he died.Instead, he was believed to have returned from a fishing trip with a lethal form of food poisoning.The man`s organs -- kidneys, heart and liver -- went to four different people -- three of whom survived and did not develop rabies.
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