Hospital Worker Charged In Hepatitis C Outbreak

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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July 19, 2012

A New Hampshire hospital says a former lab technician accused of contaminating syringes that led to at least 30 cases of hepatitis C had undergone drug testing and criminal background checks before being hired.

Thirty-three-year-old David Kwiatkowski was arrested Thursday in a Massachusetts hospital where he was being treated and was charged with fraudulently obtaining drugs and tampering with a consumer product.

He's accused of stealing anesthetic drugs from the Exeter Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab, refilling the used syringes with another liquid, and then returning them to the lab to be used on patients.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas called Kwiatkowski a "serial infector" who worked in at least six other states and is suspected of a similar drug diversion incident elsewhere. He declined to name the other states.

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