A Boston ambulance paramedic is suspected of tampering with vials of painkillers that were given to 64 patients last summer, raising concerns that the individuals may have been exposed to an infectious disease. Boston health officials began contacting patients in phone calls over the weekend and with letters that offer patients free tests to determine whether they have been exposed to blood-borne illnesses. Seven of the 64 patients have died, but officials believe their deaths were not related to the suspected medication tampering.
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