July 27th, 2012
03:19 AM ET

Man accused in hepatitis C outbreak was fired from Arizona hospital

The man accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C at a New Hampshire hospital was fired from a job in Arizona two years ago after testing positive for cocaine and marijuana, a public relations agency for Arizona Heart Hospital said Thursday.

David Kwiatkowski was arrested this month in connection with spreading the disease to 30 patients at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.

Kwiatkowski, 33, also worked as a traveling medical technician on a contract basis for hospitals in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania in the past five years, hospitals and health officials in those states said.

They are trying to get the hundreds or thousands of patients who may have come in contact with him to be tested for the disease.

Kwiatkowski has been treated for the disease, which can pass through contact with contaminated blood, most often via shared needles.

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  1. Herb

    Was this a "Typhoid Mary" type of case or a deliberate infestation?

    July 27, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Whoa

    That stinks...jeez!

    July 27, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    ....youkno' he was...lol

    July 27, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    They're a hospital. Are they possibly admitting they don't know how to treat anybody even with isolation. Just release a person to infect the general public?

    July 27, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    It's not easy to get Hep C w/out intimate contact, so it seems this jerk has gone out of his way to pass it on! I guess testing for communicable diseases will commence for any1 in the medical field! Hope this dude rots in prison!!

    July 27, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. thegiver

    Now that's bedside manner.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. nutritionist

    I told him to give them vitamin C. You can't get good help these days.

    July 27, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hope

    Hep C can't be spread through personal contact, only blood to blood. Many people got it during surgery before they were able to screen for it. He, probably, knows that and doesn't care. Drug addiction runs rampid in medical care facility personnel. Not an excuse.

    Ditto... Lock him up!

    July 27, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    I wonder if they can transplant a conscience; this man's was obviously not working properly...

    July 27, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    Yes, banasy, I can think of several people in the news lately, who could use that kind of procedure! The Aurora shooter, for ex.! People truly need to stop being so nasty to 1another! Can't we all just Get Along here!?......R.King!

    July 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Froggish

    Another white guy causing problems, But will get a slap on the wrist.

    July 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. shrimpmommy

    Surprise.Surprise.Surprise. He didn't wander through Texas.

    July 29, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |