7,000 Patients of Unsanitary Dentist Urged to Get Tested for HIV

Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 11:12 PM

By Todd Beamon

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
An Oklahoma dentist has been discovered using unsanitary medical equipment — and nearly 7,000 patients are being urged to be tested because health officials fear they may have been exposed to infections.

The patients of W. Scott Harrington in Tulsa have been urged to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, Fox News reports.

“This is an unprecedented event,” Susan Rogers, executive director of the state Board of Dentistry, told Fox. “To my knowledge, this has never happened before as far as a public notification of a (hepatitis C) case involving a dental office.”

According to Fox, health officials found “major violations” of the Oklahoma Dental Act, as well as several violations of safety and health laws, while investigating Harrington’s practice.

He had been practicing in the area for more than 30 years.

The violations included employees using dirty equipment, reusing needles and administering drugs without a license.

Harrington voluntarily closed his practice and is cooperating with investigators, Rogers told Fox. He faces a hearing before the state Dental Board on April 19. Harrington could lose his license.

Letters are to be mailed on Friday to the 7,000 patients treated at Harrington's clinics in Tulsa and suburban Owasso since 2007.

The patients are urged to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Health officials said that it was rare for infections to spread in occupational settings but that tests were important, Fox reports.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Jane Fonda: I'll Be Mad If Murdoch Acquires Time Warner

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 22:01 PM

Jane Fonda says she'll be "so angry" at federal regulators if they approve an acquisition of Time Warner by Rupert Murdo . . .

Arizona Inmate Dies Hours after Execution Began; Brewer Calls for Probe

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 21:58 PM

A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he  . . .

Computer Crash Causes Major Delays in US Passport and Visa Operations

Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 21:56 PM

The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potential . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved