Rabies-Infected Organs Kill Second Transplant Patient

A man who received a kidney from a woman who was infected with rabies died Monday, a German hospital said, the second death of a patient who got one of the donor's organs.

The 70-year-old was believed to have died of rabies (search), the clinic at Hannoversch Muenden in northern Germany announced. It did not identify the patient, who received the kidney Jan. 1.

A German woman who received a lung from the same donor died Saturday. A third patient who also received organs from the 26-year-old woman remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The donor showed no symptoms of rabies at the time of her death, health officials have said. How she may have contracted rabies remains unclear, but officials say she was in India in October.

Although rare in developed countries, rabies kills thousands of people each year in developing nations. Most human cases arise from dog bites, though many animals can carry the disease.