Four more hepatitis C cases have been found in Maryland linked to a healthcare worker accused of injecting himself with hospital syringes later used on patients, according to a Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene news release.
The four newly identified, infected patients went to Johns Hopkins Hospital between July 10, 2009, and Jan. 9, 2010, the release states. That's when David Kwiatkowski, the accused health-care worker, was at the hospital.
This finding comes in addition to a one case previously identified from Baltimore VA Medical Center, the release states.
A total of 1,700 patients from four Maryland health care facilities were notified that they should get tested for hepatitis C because they had procedures done that Kwiatkowski could have been involved in, according to the release.
The health care facilities are Baltimore VA Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore and Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton.