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Baltimore Sun reports Maryland Man was infected by David Kwiatkowski in 2008

According to an article in the Baltime Sun yesterday, a 65-year-old Baltimore man was infected with hepatitis C by David Kwiatkowki in 2008. It is believed that this victim is the first person in Maryland to come forward with UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

Linwood Nelson, a Vietnam War veteran from Edmondson Village, was infected with the disease during one of two catheterization procedures he underwent for a kidney stone removal and a lung scan in May and September 2008 at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. Kwiatkoski worked at the Baltimore VA Medical Center from May to November 2008.

Nelson was contacted by the hospital last month and invited to come to the hospital for a Hepatitis C test. In Maryland alone, four hospitals announced they were offering free testing to at least 1,750 patients. Kwiatkowski worked at the Baltimore VA Medical Center from May to November 2008; Southern Maryland Hospital from December 2008 to February 2009; Johns Hopkins Hospital from July 2009 to January 2010; and Maryland General Hospital from January to March 2010.

Before this report, investigators had said the earliest evidence of Kwiatkowski being infected was from June 2010. Nelson's claim has Kwiatkoski infected as early at May 2008, right after he left UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. Kwiatkowski was arrested in New Hampshire in July after authorities said he stole and used narcotics-filled syringes on himself that he then left for other hospital staff members to unknowingly use on patients.

The lawsuit we filed last week states that Kwiatkowski was discovered by a co-worker at UPMC stealing syringes filled with Fentanyl and replacing them with a used syringe filled with a dummy solution. He tested positive for Fentanyl and empty syringes were found in his locker and pockets. It is now the fear of everyone in Pittsburgh that Kwiatkowki had Hepatitis C while he was here stealing drugs. UPMC was a named defendant in our suit because they failed to notify law enforcement or any other government authorities.

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