Gainesville company supplied deadly rabies-infected organs
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -
A Gainesville company says it was the supplier of transplanted organs that were infected with rabies, which later killed one of four recipients.
The infected donor was identified Monday as William Edward Small, who was in the Air Force.
LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services official Kathy Giery said a hospital found Small died from food poisoning from a fish toxin and said the organs were not tested for rabies because no one suspected it at the time.
The Defense Department had said he died of severe stomach and intestinal inflammation, and the Florida Department of Health believed it was encephalitis.