CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After one false start, New Hampshire health officials again are announcing plans to test thousands of people who may have been exposed to hepatitis C by a hospital technician now facing criminal charges.
David Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing drugs from Exeter Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab and contaminating syringes that were used on patients, 30 of whom have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. Officials originally asked only lab patients to get tested, then expanded the request to the roughly 3,400 people who had surgery or were admitted to the intensive care unit during his employment.
The state had scheduled clinics for last weekend but canceled them because there were too many details to work out. Officials are announcing the new plan Friday afternoon.