Hepatitis C test Urged for People Treated at 4 Metro Detroit Hospitals
An investigation into a former Michigan health care worker -- charged with infecting at least 30 New Hampshire patients with hepatitis C, a chronic disease that causes liver failure -- triggered a public alert Monday from Michigan's health department for patients to be tested for the disease if they received injectable narcotic medicines when the man worked at four metro Detroit hospitals.
Michigan's health department said David Kwiatkowski, 32, worked at the hospitals in 2005-07. Kwiatkowski was employed from June-October 2005 at Sinai-Grace in Detroit and from October 2005-September 2006 at Harper University Hospital in Detroit. Both are part of the Detroit Medical Center. He also worked at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor from Sept. 11-Dec. 8, 2006, and at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne from Jan. 15-Sept. 15, 2007.
Patients who received injectable narcotics at these hospitals should contact them to be tested, said the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Kwiatkowski was employed by two other Michigan hospitals in 2003-05 but those facilities were excluded from further investigation after the health department found that Kwiatkowski was tested for hepatitis C there and found not to have it, the state health department said in a statement. It did not name the hospitals.