It was the first case in the state of fatal rabies since 1976.
Citing two unnamed sources familiar with the case, the report said the patient, a man in his 20s, died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington after receiving the transplant at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2011.
The report said that three people in other states received organs from the same Florida donor, but their conditions reportedly were unknown.
Transmission of rabies through organ or tissue transplant is said to be rare worldwide.
According to The Post, fewer than five cases of rabies are diagnosed each year in the United States, and most occur through contact with infected animals.
To protect the privacy of family, no information about the victim has been released. As of March 12, there were also no details about how the individual was exposed to the virus.
World Health Organization data shows that dogs are the source of the “vast majority” of human rabies deaths, and that wound cleansing and immunization within a few hours after contact with a suspected rabid animal can prevent death from the virus.
WHO also says that more than 15 million people annually receive a post-exposure rabies vaccination.
In Montgomery County, an average of 50 animals per year are confirmed to be rabid.
If you suspect that you’ve encountered a rabid animal in Montgomery County, contact the Animal Services Division at 240-773-5960.