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Former hospital worker accused of spreading Hep C indicted

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Albany/HV: Former hospital worker accused of spreading Hep C indicted
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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A former traveling hospital technician who worked at Saint Francis in Poughkeepsie has been indicted on charges he spread Hepatitis C to patients at a New Hampshire hospital.

David Kwiatkowski, 33, is accused of stealing syringes of the powerful painkiller Fentanyl from patients scheduled for surgery at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital. Investigators believe Kwiatkowski injected himself with narcotics intended for patients, when he knowingly had Hepatitis C.

After he injected himself, the U.S. Attorney's office says he refilled the syringes with saline. The same needles were later used and infected at least 30 patients with the blood-borne virus.

The 33-year-old had worked at the Saint Francis cardiac catheterization unit from November of 2007 through February of 2008, coming in contact with a small number of patients.

He is now facing charges of fraud and product tampering linked to the outbreak.

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