Friday, March 15, 2013

Maryland Rabies from Transplant, So No Worries

There's now a new explanation for John McCain's behavior -- RABIES caught when he was having a little work done at the Veterans Administration hospital.

Totally explains everything.

From The Washington Post:

A Maryland man who two weeks ago became the state’s first fatal case of rabies in nearly 40 years contracted the infection from a kidney transplant, according to two people familiar with the case.

Three people in other states received organs from the same donor, but their conditions were not immediately known.

The recipient died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington after being in the hospital for about a month, according to the people with knowledge of the case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He had received a kidney from a Florida man in an operation at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2011.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compared rabies virus obtained from the recipient and determined that it was genetically identical to the virus recovered from the organ’s donor, said the two people involved in the case.

Thank God there is no rabies in the Maryland wildlife population.

Now, all I have to do is cut back on my harvesting of kidney from the homeless ("Look, free vodka!") and things should be fine.

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