Former lab technician David Michael Kwiatkowski, 32, has been charged with infecting at least 30 people with hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital.
According to Reuters, Kwiatkowski, who has hepatitis C, was stealing syringes of the pain medication Fentanyl and injecting the drug into his body. He would than fill the empty, used, syringes with saline solution, which he injected into patients.
U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas said, “The evidence gathered to date points irrefutably to Kwiatkowski as the source of the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. With his arrest, we have eliminated the menace this ‘serial infector’ posed to public health and safety.”
Kwiatkowski was charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud, which carries a prison term of up to four years, and tampering with a consumer product, which carries a 20-year prison term.
Exeter Hospital President and CEO Kevin Callahan said, “It is deeply disturbing that the alleged callous acts of one individual can have such an impact on so many innocent lives. As a result of his alleged actions, people in our community, who in many cases are the friends and neighbors of the 2,300 people who worked here, now face the challenge of a potentially chronic disease.”
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Tech Charged in NH Hepatitis C Hospital Outbreak