Thursday, March 3, 2011

Undetectable novel virus kills three transplant patients

Pia Akerman From: The Australian March 03, 2011:

A DOCTOR who removed organs from a donor that were infected by a rare virus -- which ended up killing three transplant patients -- says the illness could not have been detected.

Victorian coroner Audrey Jamieson yesterday began an inquest into the deaths of Gurpal Sandhu, Carmelina Sirianni and Karen Wilkinson, who each died about a month after receiving a liver and kidneys respectively from Jovo Vranjesevic in 2006.

Vranjesevic, 57, died from a stroke, but was carrying a virus similar to lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), which was transmitted through his organs.

Surgeon Michael Fink, who removed Vranjesevic's kidneys and liver, told the court the organs appeared "fine" apart from calcified plaque around the kidneys' arteries. "There was no additional screening that would have picked this up," he said. "It's a novel virus." Read more>>

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