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About David Kwiatkowski


DAVID M. KWIATKOWSKI

AGE: 34

NUMBER OF STATES WHERE HE WORKED AT MULTIPLE HOSPITALS

BETWEEN 2003-2012: 8

WHEN DID KWIATKOWSKI LEARN HE HAD HEPATITIS C: 2010

NUMBER OF PATIENTS HE IS KNOWN TO HAVE INFECTED WITH HEPATITIS C: At least 45 (No way to determine precise number of those he exposed to virus)

WHERE WERE THESE PATIENTS INFECTED:

VA Medical Center, Baltimore, Md. In 2008: 1

Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2009: 6

Hays Medical Center in Kansas in 2010: 6

Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH in 2011-2012: 32

HOW MANY RESULTED IN DEATHS: 1 known fatality (Kansas)

WHICH CASES DID KWIATKOWSKI PLEAD GUILTY TO ON AUG. 14: Seven of the NH cases; the fatal Kansas case

NUMBER OF PATIENTS CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION RECOMMENDED NEED TO BE TESTED FOR HEPATITIS C BECAUSE OF KWIATKOWSKI'S ACTIONS: More than 12,000

HOW MANY EXETER HOSPITAL PATIENTS TESTED FOR HEPATITIS C? 3,753

HOW MUCH DID STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE SPEND RESPONDING TO PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS KWIATKOWSKI CAUSED IN NH: $384,000

WHEN DID KWIATKOWSKI BEGIN STEALING NARCOTIC PAIN KILLERS INTENDED FOR HOSPITAL PATIENTS FOR HIS OWN USE: He admitted he began diverting drugs in 2002 when he and a co-worker stole vials of morphine from a Michigan emergency room.

WHAT IS HEPATITIS C? A viral, blood-borne illness most efficiently transmitted through contact with infected blood. It is potentially fatal. It is most commonly transmitted through needle-sharing by users of injectable drugs. It is occasionally spread sexually or through sharing personal items contaminated with infected blood (e.g. toothbrush). There currently is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.

A small percentage of those who become infected with the disease are able to "clear" the infection.

Most (85 %) develop chronic Hepatitis C. It can lead to chronic liver disease. There currently is no vaccine for Hepatitis C.

Sources: U.S. v. David M. Kwiatkowski, Sentencing Memorandum by Government and Defendant; NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services' Public Report on Hepatitis C Outbreak Investigation at Exeter Hospital (June 2013).

 

 

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