Medical technician accused of spreading hepatitis c to patients

Medical technician accused of spreading hepatitis c to patients

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In this photograph taken on October 25, 2011 a volunteer at the Cordia-Caritas Medan disposes a used syringe of heroin drug users at their center in Medan city in Sumatra island. Cordia-Caritas a non-government organization, focus rehabilitation efforts on heroin drug users thru their needle exchange and recovery program in Medan as part of its anti-HIV/AIDS campaign in Indonesia where the highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection comes from injecting drug users. The latest National AIDS Commission report estimated that there were 227,700 people living with HIV/AIDS in Indonesia in 2007, a figure it said would double to 501,400 by 2014 making the AIDS epidemic in the country one of the fastest growing in Asia. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYA (Photo credit should read SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images)

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by WHAS11 newsroom

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Posted on July 25, 2012 at 8:41 PM

(WHAS11)- An investigation into the spread of hepatitis c is now in seven different states.

David Kwiatkowski is accused of putting patients at risk in a New Hampshire hospital when he worked as a medical technician.

He is accused of injecting himself with pain medication and then returning the contaminated syringes that later infected patients with hepatitis c, a liver disease.

The case now spreads to seven different states.

A class action suit has now been filed.

Hepatitis c infections spur a wide range of responses.

In some people, it only causes a mild illness lasting a few weeks.

In others, hepatitis c can cause life-threatening complications such as cirrhosis or liver cancer.

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