Thu August 23, 2012
Testing Continues as Hepatitis C Outbreak Grows
More than 1,200 patients potentially exposed to the outbreak of Hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital were tested at public clinics last week, according to officials at Health and Human Services.
Anyone who received treatment in Exeter’s intensive care unit or operating rooms between April, 2011 and May of this year has been asked to get tested.
Former employee David Kwiatkowski is accused of reusing syringes of pain medication at the hospital during that time period.
So far, 32 patients have tested positive for matching strains of the blood-borne virus.
The state is still hoping to test about 850 more people.
Before arriving in New Hampshire, Kwiatkowski worked in at least seven other states, including Kansas, where three people have now tested positive.