Federal health officials confirmed that at least three of the four people who received transplants from a car crash victim became infected with West Nile virus, likely through the donated organs. Officials still haven't determined how the organ donor became infected, but as they investigate, they are trying to track down about 60 people who donated blood that was used in transfusions as doctors tried to save the crash victim. The cases are the first in which humans are believed to have contracted the disease through something other than a bite from an infected mosquito. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said one of the four organ recipients, who died Aug. 29 in Atlanta, had West Nile. Two surviving recipients have the virus and have developed encephalitis. West Nile has not been confirmed in the third surviving recipient, who is recovering from a milder infection. So far this year, 32 people in the U.S. have died of West Nile virus, and more than 670 have been infected. -- by the Associated Press
Organ recipients have West Nile
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