Former Exeter Hospital Worker’s Trial Expected in October 2013

David Kwiakowski, described by law enforcement officials as a “serial infector”, will most likely stand trial next October on 14 federal charges of tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining drugs. Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing syringes of the powerful painkiller fentanyl from the cardiac catheterization lab at New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his own blood. Thus far, 32 people in New Hampshire have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C that Kwiatkowski carries, along with six in Kansas, five in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania. At least 3,700 people outside New Hampshire have yet to be tested, hospitals and public health officials told The Associated Press.