Hepatitis C tests continue after NH tech’s arrest

January 2, 2013

HAIs in the News: KSNW News, December 23, 2012

Hepatitis C teting has been recommended to over 7,900 patients possibly infected by tainted syringes in the David M. Kwiatkowski case.  Five months later however, nearly half of the potentially exposed patients have yet to be tested.

David Kwiatkowski, who has pleaded not guilty to drug charges, is accused of stealing painkillers from New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital and replacing them with syringes tainted with his blood. Thirty-two people in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries, along with six in Kansas, five in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania.

Hospital and public health officials told The Associated Press at least 3,700 patients haven’t been tested.

Source: KSNW News

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