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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 22, 2013

Nematode Infection Is Transmitted via Organ Transplants

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(20):2089. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5627

Infection with an intestinal nematode transmitted via organ transplants may be more common than previously believed.

In the April 12 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, researchers trace how organs from a single donor infected 3 of 4 organ recipients with Strongyloides stercoralis, which is endemic in the tropics and subtropics. In July 2012, a 24-year-old Puerto Rican man's heart, pancreas, kidneys, and liver were transplanted into 4 recipients.

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