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All Things Considered

How the State's Public Health Lab Tests for Hepatitis C

State health officials say they’ve confirmed another case of hepatitis C related to the outbreak at Exeter Hospital, bringing the total number of infected patients to 32.

In a statement today, the Department of Health and Human Services says the patient in question was admitted to Exeter Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab before suspect David Kwiatkowski began working there. But they say the patient was released after Kwiatkowski started his job as a technician.

Prosecutors say Kwiatkowski stole anesthetics from the hospital’s cardiac lab and contaminated syringes that were later used on patients.

The state is conducting testing this week on an expanded group of former patients, with clinics in Plaistow, Rochester and Manchester. To learn more about the testing process, All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with Dr. Christine Bean, who directs the New Hampshire Public Health Laboratory.

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