Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus infection in organ transplant recipients--Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 2005

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2005 Jun 3;54(21):537-9.


On May 3, 2005, CDC received a report of severe illness in four patients who had received solid organ transplants from a common donor. All four organ recipients subsequently were found to have evidence of infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), a rodent-borne Old World arenavirus. Preliminary findings from the ensuing investigation indicate the source of infection likely was an infected hamster in the donor's home. This report summarizes the ongoing investigation and provides information on exposure risks and possible prevention measures.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cricetinae / virology
  • Humans
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis / epidemiology
  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis / transmission*
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus / isolation & purification
  • Massachusetts / epidemiology
  • Organ Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Rhode Island / epidemiology
  • Tissue Donors