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Former N.H. hospital worker held in hepatitis outbreak

CONCORD, N.H. — Federal prosecutors Thursday charged a medical technician with infecting at least 30 patients with hepatitis C, alleging that he fed his drug habit by injecting himself with medication intended for heart patients and then returned contaminated needles to hospital carts.

For the 13 months he worked at Exeter Hospital, authorities said, the technician was fully aware he carried the potentially lethal virus, spawning the biggest such health crisis in the nation since the 1990s. Authorities called him a “serial infector.”

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