09.05.12 UPDATE -- A Kansas woman has filed a lawsuit after learning that she has hepatitis C, a virus that can destroy the liver and cause life-threatening medical complications. The great-grandmother is just one of potentially dozens of former patients who may have been exposed to hepatitis C through the actions of a medical technician. The technician may have had the virus since June 2010 or earlier, and he is accused of infecting 31 patients at Exeter Hospital in Concord, N.H.
08.20.12 ORIGINAL STORY -- On August 7, a Pittsburgh hospital sent letters to 2,000 former patients telling them they may have been exposed to hepatitis C – a potentially life-threatening virus that can destroy the liver and lead to cancer.
Authorities allege that a former medical technician diagnosed with hepatitis C stole syringes filled with a painkiller intended for patients. He then left syringes filled with a dummy liquid for patient use.
The technician worked at various hospitals in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania. He is accused of infecting at least 31 patients at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital alone. Thousands more have received letters requesting that they be tested for the virus. Court papers show that the technician tested positive for hepatitis C as early as 2010.
Hospital locations that may have been affected include: