Three patients who died after receiving transplanted organs from the same donor in Australia were all infected with a previously unknown virus. Researchers at the Greene Infectious Disease Laboratory of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues in the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia, with the help of 454 Life Sciences, identified that the virus seems to be related to a well-known culprit of post transplant infections:

Over 30,000 organ transplants are performed in the U.S. each year. Knowledge of the genetic sequence of this virus will enable improvements in screening that will enhance the safety of transplantation.

Press release: Scientists Discover New Virus Responsible For Deaths of 3 Transplant Recipients From Single Donor In Victoria, Australia ...

Source: Scientists Discover New Virus Responsible For Post Transplant Deaths
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