9 More Tests In Hays Negative For Hepatitis C

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

HAYS, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas health officials say nine more patients at Hays Medical Center have tested negative for hepatitis C in cases linked to a traveling hospital technician.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says 474 people were potentially exposed to hepatitis C when David Kwiatkowksi worked at the Hays hospital from May to September 2010. Fifty-eight of those patients died from other causes before being tested.

The Hays Daily News reports as of Monday, 357 of the remaining 416 patients had been tested. Three tested positive for a strain of hepatitis C similar to one carried by Kwiatkwoski. Not all the test results have been returned.

Kwiatkowski has denied allegations that he stole drugs from a New Hampshire hospital, injected himself and contaminated syringes later used on patients.

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