First Case of Hepatitis C in Maryland after Nationwide Investigation
In July, a nationwide investigation began in hopes of identifying a number of hospital patients who may have unknowingly been infected with hepatitis C after a traveling technician, David Kwiatkowski, allegedly used countless syringes of narcotics and refilled them to be injected into patients. (You can read the full history of the investigation here.)
Kwiatkowski worked in eight states throughout the country in previous years, though until last week, no known cases had been confirmed in Maryland. Kwiatkowski had been employed in the state between 2008 and 2010 at the following hospitals: Baltimore VA Medical Center; Johns Hopkins Hospital; Maryland General Hospital; and Southern Maryland Hospital Center. All of them are offering free blood tests to patients who may have come into contact with Kwiatkowski.
If you received a letter from your hospital or health care provider notifying you of free testing due to the investigation, it is important to get tested in a timely matter. Hepatitis C, which affects the liver, is very difficult to track from carrier to carrier, as the virus is known to rapidly mutate over time.
We urge you to contact us if you have received a letter from your health care provider. We continue to keep a close watch on the forthcoming investigation, and will provide updates as they arise.