Hospitals in at least eight states want to know how many hundreds or thousands of their patients have come in contact with a lab technician accused of spreading hepatitis C. The man, David Kwiatkowski, has the disease, which can pass through contact with contaminated blood, most often via shared needles.
(Information in the following story is from: KAYS-AM.)
HAYS, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas health department says it has now confirmed six cases of hepatitis C in Hays Medical Center patients linked to a traveling technician.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Wednesday that the six of 474 patients who had contact with David Kwiatkowski at the Hays hospital have a hepatitis C strain linked to him.
Kwiatkowski worked in the catheterization lab at the Hays hospital from May to September 2010.
Kwiatkowski has denied allegations that he injected himself and used contaminated syringes on patients across the country. So far, prosecutors say 32 cases across the country are linked to Kwiatkowski.
The Hays Daily News reports 391 Hays patients have submitted specimens, with 374 negative results as of Wednesday.