Hospital Worker Sentenced In Hepatitis Case

CONCORD, N.H. (December 2, 2013) David Kwiatkowski, 34, a traveling medical technician who prosecutors say infected dozens of patients in four states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes, was sentenced to 39 years in prison Monday.

Kwiatkowski worked as a cardiac technologist in 18 hospitals in seven states before he was hired in 2011 at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital.

He admitted stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

Although he was fired at least four times over allegations of drug use and theft Kwiatkowski was able to move from job to job.

He pleaded guilty in August to 16 federal drug charges and was sentenced Monday in Concord, N.H.

Since his arrest last year, 46 people in New Hampshire, Maryland, Kansas and Pennsylvania have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries.

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