Bureau of Epidemiology & Disease Control
2012 Multi-state Hepatitis C Investigation
The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire announced that radiation technologist David Kwiatkowski was arrested and charged with obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product. According to an affidavit filed in federal court in New Hampshire, Kwiatkowski allegedly engaged in drug diversion and infected patients with hepatitis C while employed at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.
Arizona immediately launched a public health investigation after being notified that Kwiatkowski had also worked in our state. At this time, we know that he worked at two facilities while he was here. Arizona Heart Hospital and Maryvale Hospital are identifying and notifying patients who may have come in contact with him while he worked at the facilities.
Who might be affected in Arizona?
Public Health is working closely with Arizona healthcare facilities, other states and U.S. law enforcement, to determine a complete work history. Currently we are aware that he was employed in Arizona in 2009 and 2010 at the following facilities:
- Maryvale Hospital
5102 W Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85031
March 9th, 2009, through June 27th, 2009
- Arizona Heart Hospital
1930 E. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ, 85016
March 22nd, 2010, through April 1st, 2010
Patients seen in these facilities during the above dates who were at risk of potential exposure to hepatitis C will be contacted by the facility about testing for hepatitis C. If you received care at one the above facilities, during the specified dates, and did not receive a letter from the hospital, please call 602-674-6844.
Questions about hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is a virus that is passed through blood and affects the liver. Only about one in five persons who become infected with hepatitis C virus become ill initially. If hepatitis C makes people sick immediately, it is with flulike symptoms; very few people experience more severe symptoms of nausea, vomiting and yellowing of the skin and eyes.
Most persons with hepatitis C virus develop a chronic infection which has no immediate symptoms, but is treatable. Chronic hepatitis C is a serious disease that can cause long-term health problems. There is no vaccine against hepatitis C virus. For additional information on hepatitis C, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Hepatitis C Information for the Public page.
Concerned about healthcare associated infections?
Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are a concern for both healthcare facilities and the public. However, healthcare facilities have infection control programs in place to monitor, prevent, and control infections. In this situation, standard infection control procedures were ignored to allow the potential spread of infection.
ADHS works with its partners at the local public health jurisdictions, federal agencies, and private healthcare organizations to continue to improve the quality of care given to patients in Arizona.
You can always talk to your healthcare provider about how they are protecting your safety.