Hepatitis C infected worker arrested in New Hampshire PDF Print E-mail

 Baltimore, MD – July 20, 2012 - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has been notified that a hepatitis C-infected health care worker, David Matthew Kwiatkowski, who was arrested in New Hampshire yesterday for illegally obtaining controlled substances and potentially infecting at least 30 individuals with the hepatitis C virus at a hospital in New Hampshire, had previously worked in Maryland from 2008-2010. 


Mr. Kwiatkowski is known to have been infected with the hepatitis C virus since at least June 2010. Whether he was infected prior to this time and was a potential risk to patients in Maryland is not yet known. To date there is no evidence that he has worked in Maryland since March 2010. No documented incidents of drug diversion associated with Mr. Kwiatkowski have been reported in Maryland.

 

He may have exposed patients during his employment in four Maryland hospitals.  The hospitals will notify those patients who underwent certain procedures with instructions for follow-up.  

 

The four hospitals facilities where Mr. Kwiatkowski is known to have worked are: the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center (May 2008 – November 2008); Southern Maryland Hospital (December 2008 – February 2009); Johns Hopkins Hospital (July 2009 – January 2010); and Maryland General Hospital (January 2010 – March 2010).

 

This is an ongoing investigation.  DHMH will continue to work with hospitals in Maryland as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Hepatitis C is a bloodborne viral infection, estimated to infect 1.6 percent of the U.S. population. It can cause inflammation of the liver that may lead to chronic health issues. Hepatitis C can be detected with blood tests and can be treated with antiviral medications.

 

For questions and information about hepatitis C, please visit the DHMH website at http://ideha.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Hepatitis-C.aspx or the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/HCV/index.htm .

 

 

 

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Salisbury, MD. – Dorchester, Somerset, Sussex, Wicomico and Worcester counties invite 
the public to Emergency Preparedness Night on August 23rd at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
 
The Delmarva Shorebirds will play against the Asheville Tourists at 7:05 p.m.
Representatives from local health departments, emergency management agencies, and 
volunteer organizations will host exhibit booths promoting emergency preparedness 
before and during the baseball game. 
 
Come out to the ballpark to support the Shorebirds and learn how you can be better 
prepared for life’s curve balls. 
 
The event is co-sponsored by the health departments and emergency management offices 
of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, Ocean City and the Maryland
and Delaware Offices of Emergency Management. 
 
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Baltimore, MD (August 11, 2014) --State and local officials have been working since last year to prepare Maryland parents and schools for new school immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade this fall.  All kindergartners must have had two chickenpox (varicella) vaccinations.  All 7th graders must receive a pertussis booster (Tdap) and dose of meningitis vaccines.  School officials and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) are urging parents to make sure their child is appropriately immunized against these diseases prior to the start of school.  Children may be excluded from school if they do not have these vaccinations.
“We have spent the past year helping parents and schools prepare for these school immunization requirements,"  said Dr. Laura Herrera, Deputy Secretary for DHMH Public Health Services.  "We want to be sure all Maryland children start the school year with up-to-date vaccinations and are ready to learn.”
Immunizations are one of public health’s greatest triumphs.  With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy-- not even the creation of antibiotics--has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease.  Despite the availability of safe and effective immunizations, thousands of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases occur in the United States every year.  Consider the following facts about varicella, pertussis and meningitis: 
 
Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease that can be spread before a person knows they have the disease.
Chickenpox can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and brain damage.
One out of five people who get meningococcal meningitis experience serious complications, such as the loss of limb(s), permanent hearing loss, or mental impairment.
In recent years, adolescents (11-18 yrs) and adults (19 yrs and older) have accounted for an increasing proportion of pertussis cases. 
Infants who are at highest risk for complications and death due to pertussis are often infected by older siblings, parents or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.
 
In preparation for the new requirements, local health departments are holding special back-to-school clinics throughout the state.  Parents should call their doctor or local health department to learn if their child needs any of the school-required vaccinations and make arrangements to receive the missing vaccines so their child will not be excluded from school.
 


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