Patients Of Oklahoma Dentist Line Up For Hepatitis, HIV Screening

TULSA, Okla. (March 30, 2013)--About 150 to 200 patients of a Tulsa, Okla., oral surgeon accused of unsanitary office practices lined up Saturday outside of a health clinic to be screened for hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS.

The line Saturday wrapped around the front of the large building north of downtown Tulsa that houses the Tulsa Health Department North Regional Health and Wellness Center.

Oklahoma officials say 7,000 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington in the past six years will receive letters that warn poor hygiene at Harrington's two clinics created a public health hazard.

The patients are being urged to be screened for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

Harrington's practice was inspected after officials determined a patient may have contracted hepatitis C while having dental surgery.

He operated clinics in Tulsa and suburban Owasso.

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