Transcript for Hospitals Investigate Hepatitis C Outbreak
Thank you, david. Thousands are facing the grim responsibility that they may have been infected with hepatitis c. The suspect, a traveling medical technician, the potential victims, patients at more than a dozen hospitals in eight states where he worked, all of them now waiting to find out. Abc's david kerley has the latest. Reporter: While this man, labeled a serial infector, is in jail, at least 30 people are now living with the results of his alleged crime, a dangerous disease. Crazy. How did I -- you know, how did i get this? Reporter: This new hampshire man, who doesn't want his name used, was in the hospital for a heart treatment last year. The same hospital where medical technician david kwiatkowski works charged with alleged ly spreading hepatitis c which can cause serious liver problems. I'm getting healthier because with the heart disease and all of a sudden, bang, you get this. Reporter: Kwiatkowski faces federal charges of stealing syringes of drugs, injecting himself to get high and refilling the syringes with another liquid. Those contaminated syringes were returned and used on patients, 3,400 patients at this new hampshire hospital are being told to get tested. Many are not happy because state health officials postponed this weekend's testing saying they aren't ready. The fact that I don't know if I could have it, if I could have possibly contracted it while I was there is stressful. Reporter: And it's not just new hampshire. Kwiatkowski was a traveling temporary medical worker, and in the past five years, he's worked in 8 states, 13 hospitals leaving thousands of patients wondering if they too might be injected. Several of those already infected are planning to sue. New hampshire officials hope to have a test set for those 3,400 former patients by early this week, some planned, and arizona hopes to notify 200 patients there about the possible exposure tomorrow.
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