drug diversion

NHPR Staff

It’s been nearly two years since state health officials announced a major outbreak of hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital. The cause of that outbreak was what's known as drug diversion – a hospital worker stealing drugs and tainting syringes later used on patients.

Hepatitis C Outbreak Continues to Grow

Jul 12, 2012
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Four more cases of hepatitis C have been confirmed stemming from an outbreak at Exeter Hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. That brings the total to 31 infections, including one hospital employee.

The Division of Public Health Services is asking all patients who received services between October, 2010 and May, 2012 to get tested for the liver-destroying virus.