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Ill. transplant patient gets anti-rabies shots after Md. death

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Associated Press) -

An Illinois organ transplant recipient is receiving anti-rabies shots after another recipient from the same donor died of the disease.

Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the patient has no rabies symptoms, but began treatment on Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that four people received donated organs from a man unknowingly infected with rabies.

Spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith identified the donor as a 20-year-old North Carolina man who had been in the Air Force for about 17 weeks before he died in 2011. He was training to become an aviation mechanic in Pensacola, Fla., when he became sick.

The donor died in 2011, and his kidneys, heart and liver were transplanted soon afterward. A Maryland man who received a kidney died more than a week ago.

Arnold would not disclose the age or gender of the Illinois recipient, or the organ the patient received.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago confirmed the transplant was performed there and that its doctors are administering the rabies treatment.

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