Monday morning, police said that David Kwiatkwoski wrote a suicide note before his arrest on July 19; the suicide note stated that he “couldn’t handle this stress anymore.”
Kwiatkwoski was a traveling medical technician who was charged last week with causing a Hepatitis C outbreak of 31 people in New Hampshire, and police are investigating the possibility that he did the same thing in thirteen other states where he worked. If he did, police say he may have infected as many as 6,000 people, at eight hospitals in thirteen states over the last five years.
Police found Kwiatkwoski in a hotel room on July 19 in Marlborough, Mass. and have now released information that he left a suicide note; in addition to the note police found six prescription drugs in the room. Police said that they smelled alcohol in the room and on his breath and he slurred his words. Kwiatkowski is currently being held in New Hampshire on federal drug charges.
Police believe that Kwiatkwoski was stealing Fentanyl syringes, injecting his own arm and then using those syringes on patients at Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire where he worked as a lab technician.
Kwiatkwoski, 32, tested positive for Hepatitis C in June 2010.
“If he knew that he was infected and he put those needles back on the shelf, that is the definition of evil,” Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor, told Good Morning America. “Anyone who was in those hospitals when he was working there is potentially at risk. We’re talking tens of thousands of people.”
6,000 people in Exeter Hospital have been urged to take a Hepatitis C test as soon as possible.
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