Hospital tech indicted in NH hepatitis C outbreak

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Associated Press

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 28 at 3:33 PM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through contaminated syringes faces new federal charges in New Hampshire.

When David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) was arrested in July he was charged with one count each of illegally obtaining drugs and tampering with a consumer product. On Wednesday, he was indicted on seven counts of each crime.

Kwiatkowski worked as a cardiac technologist at Exeter Hospital, where 32 patients have been diagnosed with the same strain of the blood-borne viral infection he carries. He previously worked as a traveling technologist in seven other states, moving from hospital to hospital despite having been fired twice over allegations of drug use and theft.

He has denied stealing drugs and tampering with needles.

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