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Hepatitis C 'Serial Infector' Could Have Spread Disease to Thousands
ABC News ^ | 28 July 2012 | Sydney Lupkin

Posted on 07/28/2012 4:41:49 PM PDT by verum ago

The New Hampshire hospital lab technician indicted last week for infecting 31 people with Hepatitis C might have infected "tens of thousands" of patients in at least 13 hospitals, ABC News has learned.

David Kwiatkowski, a former lab technician at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire, had allegedly been stealing the Fentanyl syringes intended for patients, injecting his own arm and then refilling those empty syringes with another liquid-like saline, according to a statement from the United States Attorney's Office in New Hampshire.

Since Kwiatkowski tested positive for Hepatitis C in June 2010, he passed it on to the hospital patients who were injected with his used, saline-filled syringes, according to the affidavit.

"If he knew that he was infected and he put those needles back on the shelf, that is the definition of evil," Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor, told Good Morning America. "Anyone who was in those hospitals when he was working there is potentially at risk. We're talking tens of thousands of people."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: exeter; hepatitis; hepc; kwiatkowski
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Sick. This story just keeps getting uglier.

I think they should give this guy hard labor until his liver fails, no transplant.

1 posted on 07/28/2012 4:42:04 PM PDT by verum ago
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He worked at:
— Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Michigan, January to September 2007;
— Saint Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, New York, November 2007 to February 2008;
— UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, March 2008 to May 2008;
— Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, May 2008 to November 2008;
— Southern Maryland Hospital, Clinton, Maryland, December 2008 to February 2009;
— Maryvale Hospital, Phoenix, March to June 2009;
— Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, July 2009 to January 2010;
— Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, January 2010 to March 2010;
— Arizona Heart Hospital, Phoenix, March 2010 to April 2010;
— Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, April 2010;
— Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas, May 2010 to September 2010;
— Houston Medical Center, Warner Robins, Georgia, October 2010 to March 2011.
— Exeter Hospital, Exeter, New Hampshire, April 2011 to July 2012.


2 posted on 07/28/2012 4:46:34 PM PDT by verum ago (A good physical therapist is half friend, half sadist.)
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Somebody get a rope...


3 posted on 07/28/2012 4:53:34 PM PDT by Gritty (Obama's populism's so crude it channels not Teddy Roosevelt so much as Hugo Chavez-C.Krauthammer)
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Hepatitis C is a danger faced by most Vietnam Veterans. This illness can go undetected for decades and suddenly appear. Exposure to the blood of others, surgery, battlefield treatment, transfusions, etc. Medical personal are particularly affected by this. Rates are very high for this group. Even those docs/medics serving in hospitals and on board ships...

Liver failure quite common.

4 posted on 07/28/2012 4:54:06 PM PDT by donozark (A Socialist is a Communist who doesn't have the balls to pull the trigger!)
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"If he knew that he was infected and he put those needles back on the shelf, that is the definition of evil," Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News' Chief Health and Medical Editor, told Good Morning America. "Anyone who was in those hospitals when he was working there is potentially at risk. We're talking tens of thousands of people."

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Hepatitis involves severe fevers, shakes, urine turning brown, stools turning cream colored, vomiting and severe jaundice. Hell yes he knew he was infected! They need to burn his ass alive and shoot what's left!

He has done immeasurable harm both to the medical profession and the patients that depend on it for their care.

5 posted on 07/28/2012 4:56:30 PM PDT by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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Good God....he averaged about 3 months with each employer for several years.Didn't anyone with hiring authority see this as a red flag??????
6 posted on 07/28/2012 4:59:12 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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Just call him, “Typhoid Mary”. He should get the *summary lead cure* for that Hep-C problem... No, make that blowtorch & pliers...


7 posted on 07/28/2012 5:00:29 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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What gives with all the short term employment? Employers letting this guy go for cause and not passing on any info to the next employer????


9 posted on 07/28/2012 5:11:23 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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I would note he worked at VAH Baltimore. But not StL where they had so much trouble with Hepatitis C in the dental lab.


10 posted on 07/28/2012 5:14:53 PM PDT by donozark (A Socialist is a Communist who doesn't have the balls to pull the trigger!)
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I would suggest to any military person that went through the gauntlet of jet injection for immunization should be checked for Hep-C.


11 posted on 07/28/2012 5:20:28 PM PDT by the_daug
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"I would suggest to any military person that went through the gauntlet of jet injection for immunization should be checked for Hep-C."

Good advice !

I'm from that era, have Hep-C, no transfusions, just dental and the gauntlet while I was in, always wondered it wasn't related, even at the time it seemed like a great way to spread blood borne diseases.

12 posted on 07/28/2012 5:29:59 PM PDT by JMJJR ( Newspeak is the official language of Oceania)
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Skin him alive a quarter inch strip at a time.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 5:47:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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And nobody at any of those hospitals raised an eyebrow or said a word about his mexican jumping bean resume? It looks more like a witness protection program itinerary!
14 posted on 07/28/2012 5:56:07 PM PDT by StAnDeliver (2008 + IN, NC, FL, VA, OH, NV o/r IA = 271EV)
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A friend mine was found to have Hep-C 3 years ago. She had a gastly treatment that was some sort of chemo for a year and a half. She lost weight and looked like a skeleton, her skin wrinkled up and she felt absolutely horrible during the entire year and a half.

Finally she was told she was over it and now a year or so later you would never know how bad it was, she is cured!

15 posted on 07/28/2012 6:09:05 PM PDT by Ditter
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Just another 0bamaCare death panel trooper.


16 posted on 07/28/2012 6:09:11 PM PDT by Paladin2
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Maybe 0bama will give him an ignobel piece prize.


17 posted on 07/28/2012 6:11:58 PM PDT by Paladin2
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This guy is 100 times more dangerous than James Holmes. Maybe we should ban syringes or lab techs.

Just kidding. Obviously, evil exists and it is difficult to stop. You have to exterminate evil where ever it exists. Think “Lord of the Rings” and Orcs. These people are Orcs. They need to be found and exterminated as rapidly as possible, with prejudice.

And yet PC ties our hands and we have to be compassionate, etc.

I still can’t fathom how anyone can be this evil without Satan’s direct influence. I just can’t. Simple revenge just doesn’t explain it.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 6:26:18 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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Didn’t anyone set suspicious of his extremely spotty employment history?


19 posted on 07/28/2012 6:29:18 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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Traveling nurses are not that uncommon. They work in one city a few weeks, then move on to another. They work under contract and they often get a fairly good paycheck:

http://www.travelnursing.com/


20 posted on 07/28/2012 6:44:01 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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