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Hospital Tech Pleads Guilty For Role In Hepatitis Outbreak

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A traveling hospital technician accused of causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.

David Kwiatkowski was accused of stealing painkiller syringes from Exeter Hospital in New Hamphire and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his own blood.

He worked at 18 hospitals in seven states before being hired at Exeter in 2011. Forty-six people in four states have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. In Maryland, seven people were infected.

The 34-year-old Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty to 14 charges of drug theft and tampering under a plea agreement calling for him to serve 30 to 40 years in prison and avoid charges in other states.

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