Health officials in Maryland confirmed Monday the state's first
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said molecular testing conducted at the
"This case is associated with the multi-state hepatitis C outbreak," the health department said in a news release.
According to an affidavit filed in federal court by
Last week, attorneys for Linwood Nelson, a
A health department spokeswoman said late Monday she could not confirm whether the case identified at Baltimore VA Medical Center and confirmed to be linked to Kwiatkowski by CDC testing was that of Nelson.
After the case broke in New Hampshire, four hospitals in Maryland identified and began testing more than 1,700 patients who they believe came in contact with Kwiatkowski.
Kwiatkowski worked at Baltimore VA Medical Center from May to November 2008, Southern Maryland Hospital between December 2008 and February 2009,
State health officials on Monday said although no reports of Kwiatkowski diverting drugs have been made in Maryland, the CDC's findings suggest he may have done so in the state.
Investigations are ongoing at all four hospitals in the state and more testing is expected, the health department said.
The department is also conducting a sweeping review of regulations for traveling medical technicians and other personnel in the state.