Hepatitis outbreak in New Hampshire strikes fear in 7 other states
Hospitals in at least eight states want to know how many hundreds or thousands of their patients have come in contact with a lab technician accused of spreading hepatitis C. The man, David Kwiatkowski, has the disease, which can pass through contact with contaminated blood, most often via shared needles. Authorities say the Michigan native injected himself with painkillers meant for patients when he worked at Exeter Hospital and left the syringes for reuse. He was arrested in New Hampshire in connection with spreading the disease at Exeter Hospital and has been charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
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