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Oct 20, 2009 2:47 PM by Associated Press

Audubon: No Hep C cases linked to surgery tech

Officials at the Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs say there is no evidence any of their patients contracted hepatitis C from a surgery technician who used syringes filled with painkillers meant for patients.

Hospital officials had feared that as many as 1,220 patients had been exposed to the disease by 26-year-old Kristen Diane Parker.

Parker was indicted and pleaded guilty last month to some of the charges against her under an agreement that includes a 20-year prison term.

Prosecutors say Parker infected 16 hospital patients at Rose Medical Center. Audubon officials told The Gazette of Colorado Springs that tests have shown none of their patients got the disease from Parker. Parker had worked at both hospitals.

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