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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
NEW HAMPSHIRE: NH House Passes Bill in Response to Hep C Outbreak
Staff Writer
January 23, 2014
Danbury News Times (01.22.2014) Aids Weekly Plus reported that the hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital motivated the New Hampshire house to pass a bill permitting employee drug tests at hospitals. The bill allows hospitals to test employees if there is reasonable suspicion of drug use. The bill is meant to prevent the situation in which a cardiac technologist with a hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection stole syringes of painkillers from the hospital and replaced them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. So far, 46 people have been diagnosed with the same strain of HCV. The technologist, who had worked in seven states before his employment in New Hampshire, was sentenced in December to 39 years in prison.