Safety concerns grow over infected donor organs

06/14/2010 | MSNBC

The recent reports of organ-transplant recipients who contracted bacteria, viruses, parasites and cancer from donated organs have prompted calls for better screening and tracking methods; however, some are concerned that additional steps could slow transplants and waste needed organs. CDC and the United Network for Organ Sharing have developed an online reporting system, but no information collection protocol or reliable funding sources have been developed. The CDC is preparing guidelines for using advanced microbiologic testing to detect infections.

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