State Reduces Number of Health Workers for Hepatitis C Testing
The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services on Wednesday “significantly narrowed” the number of Exeter Hospital employees it says should be tested for hepatitis C virus, according to the hospital. The state recommends that fewer than 100 employees be tested in the wake of an HCV outbreak allegedly linked to former hospital medical technician David Kwiatkowski. He is accused of infecting 32 former patients through a drug-diversion scheme. The state wants the additional employees tested voluntarily to rule out their involvement in the outbreak. “This is a fluid situation and Exeter Hospital will continue to cooperate with the state’s investigation, but in so doing will not jeopardize the legitimate privacy rights of patients and employees,” the hospital said Thursday.
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