CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire public health officials say they've confirmed a newly diagnosed case of hepatitis C associated with last year's outbreak at Exeter Hospital, where a former technician was accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with tainted syringes.
The Division of Public Health Services says the new case is someone believed to have been infected through sexual contact with one of the 32 patients who were previously diagnosed with the strain of hepatitis C associated with the outbreak.
David Kwiatkowski, who has pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges, worked at 18 hospitals in seven states before being hired in Exeter in 2011. A dozen people in other states have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. His lawyer did not immediately return a call Thursday.