This story is totally eek-inducing. Three people have contracted the West Nile virus through organ donations - and two of them are in comas. The Department of Health says that the donor lived in the Bronx, near a park where there were West Nile mosquitos, and donors are not screened for West Nile. At any rate, the Department of Health says transmission of West Nile through transplantation is rare and only 11 people have tested positive for it this year. Right when Gothamist was getting freaked out (and we still are, believe us) about avian flu, we're reminded about West Nile - damn you, mosquitos, damn you.

To learn more about West Nile, here's the Department of Health page.