Tests Urged Thousands Of Dental Patients Possibly Exposed To HIV, Hepatitis

TULSA, Okla. (March 28, 2013)--Health officials are urging 7,000 patients of an Oklahoma dentist to be tested to ensure they haven't been exposed to hepatitis or the virus that causes AIDS.

The patients may have been exposed to viruses at clinics operated by Dr. W. Scott Harrington, The Oklahoma and Tulsa Health Departments said Thursday.

The departments said they found "major violations" of the Oklahoma Dental Act.

Spokeswoman Kaitlin Snider of the Tulsa Health Department said Harrington voluntarily closed his practice and is cooperating with investigators.

Letters are being sent to 7,000 patients from Harrington's clinics in Tulsa and suburban Owasso since 2007 that recommend testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

The health departments said it is rare for infections to spread in occupational settings, but said that tests are important.

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