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Hepatitis C tests continue after NH tech's arrest

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Hospitals across the country recommended hepatitis C testing for some 7,900 patients last summer after a traveling medical worker was accused of infecting patients with tainted syringes in New Hampshire. But five months later, nearly half of those who may have been exposed to the liver-destroying disease in other states have yet to be tested.

David Kwiatkowski, who has pleaded not guilty to drug charges, is accused of stealing painkillers from New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital and replacing them with syringes tainted with his blood. Thirty-two people in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries, along with six in Kansas, five in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania.

Hospital and public health officials told The Associated Press at least 3,700 patients haven't been tested.

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