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MDCH releases alert in light of hepatitis c investigation

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MICHIGAN (WJRT) -

(07/30/12) - There is a warning out for people treated at four Detroit area hospitals during a very specific two year time period. 

It ties in to a multi-state investigation involving former Michigan health aide David Kwiatkowski suspected of infecting patients with Hepatitis C.

He was indicted earlier this month in New Hampshire.

The Michigan Department of Community Health recommends testing for the virus if you received injectable narcotic medicines during the times when David Kwiatkowski worked at these four hospitals, during these time periods:

Sinai Grace Hospital*
June-October 2005
1-888-300-3627 or www.dmc.org/mdch

Harper Hospital**
October 2005-September 2006
1-888-300-3627 or www.dmc.org/mdch

University of Michigan Hospital (Main Campus)
September 11-December 8, 2006
1-877-233-4040

Oakwood Annapolis Hospital
January 15-September 15, 2007
1-734-467-4111

*Patients who underwent procedures in interventional radiology that required intravenous narcotics.

**Patients who underwent procedures in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Kwiatkowski's strain of hepatitis C has reportedly been diagnosed in more than two dozen former patients, none in Michigan.

The allegation, in New Hampshire, is he stole syringes of the pain killer Fentanyl, injected the drugs, then refilled the syringes with a liquid solution before re-stocking them.

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne viral infection. It can cause inflammation of the liver which can lead to chronic health issues.

Most infected can go without even knowing because it can damage the liver for years with few noticeable symptoms.

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