Is rabies communicable?

Organ donation. We have just learned of the second us case of a deceased organ donor transmitting (unintentionally!) rabies to the transplant recipients with the organs. In 2004, 3 recipients all died. In this new case, 1 kidney recipient has died and the other 3 recipients are ok so far - now receiving treatment. Families + healthcare workers will also receive treatment. Very dangerous disease if untreated.
Yes. Rabies is a contagious virus, most often transmitted by the bites of infected animals. In the U.S., raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats are carriers of rabies. The saliva of the infected animals contains the virus.