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Houston Medical Expands Testing in Hepatitis Case
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Houston County Medical Center is asking more people to undergo testing because they came in contact with a technician accused of spreading Hepatitis C to patients in other states.

Jennifer Jones, spokewoman for the state's South Central Health District says the hospital has expanded its testing based on recommendations from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

This summer, the hospital said they'd asked "less than 100" people who came in contact with technician David Kwiatkowski to get tested.

The Associated Press reports that Kwiatkowski worked at hospitals in at least six states.

In July, officials in New Hampshire accused him of infecting 30 people with the liver-destroying disease there. They say he stole syringes, used them to inject an anesthetic, and those syringes were later used on patients.

Houston Healthcare says Kwiatkowski was a contract worker there from October 2010 to March 2011.

They say he worked in the cardiac catheterization lab there and did not have access to medication.

By email Tuesday, Jones said her agency is not aware of any local confirmed Hepatitis C cases.

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