Health aide accused of giving patients hepatitis C linked to Michigan hospitals


Intravenous news: The Detroit News report “Patients treated at four local hospitals are encouraged to be tested for hepatitis C since the facilities have been linked to a traveling health care worker accused of infecting patients with the virus, state officials announced Monday.

Federal authorities this month charged Michigan native David Kwiatkowski, who is accused of injecting himself with stolen narcotics, contaminating syringes and infecting patients with the hepatitis C virus while working at a hospital in New Hampshire. Thirty patients have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C as Kwiatkowski, 33, who has had the virus since at least June 2010.

Kwiatkowski’s case has been called unprecedented because he worked for agencies and was sent around the country. He worked in Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania before being hired in New Hampshire in April 2011. He told officials he had hepatitis C, a blood-borne viral infection that leads to inflammation of the liver and chronic health issues, in May. But evidence suggests he may have had the virus for at least two years before that.”

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