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Oklahoma dentist called 'menace' to public health

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  • Tulsa dentist may have exposed up to 7,000 patients to HIV and hepatitis
  • Free screenings will begin today at Tulsa Health Department

Free health screenings start today for patients of a dentist described by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry as a "menace to the public health.” W. Scott Harrington's Tulsa office was reportedly so unsanitary, it made investigators sick.

Harrington may have exposed up to 7,000 patients to HIV and hepatitis over the past six years. Health officials will start screening his patients for possible exposure today.  CNN's Susan Candiotti says people will get blood tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.  The results should take about two weeks.

Susan Rogers, executive director of the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, called the case one of the worst she's ever seen.  The dirty conditions included rusted equipment, needles reused in drug vials and non-sterile gauze.





 

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