Ga Hospital Suspects Doctor Causes Hepatitis C Outbreak

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia hospital is contacting patients who were treated by a traveling medical technician who worked there briefly and is accused of causing a hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire.

David Kwiatkowski is being held on federal drug charges in New Hampshire, and authorities are trying to determine whether he spread the virus elsewhere. The 33-year-old is accused of stealing anesthetic drugs from the cardiac catheterization lab and contaminating syringes used on patients at Exeter Hospital.

Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins says Kwiatkowski worked there between Oct. 25, 2010 and March 17, 2011. CEO Cary Martin says fewer than 100 patients who needed a heart catheterization and were treated by Kwiatkowski, and the hospital is contacting them by mail. He says future developments may lead to expanded testing recommendations.

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