Category: Society / March 29, 2013 4:24 PM EDT
Oklahoma health officials recommended on Thursday that 7,000 patients of a Tulsa dentist undergo tests for HIV and hepatitis, after a complaint against the dentist led investigators to discover faulty sterilizing equipment.
The state Department of Health told local media that investigators went to Dr Scott Harrington's practice after one of his patients presented with HIV and hepatitis C. The investigators found multiple safety issues.
Susan Rogers, executive director of the state Board of Dentistry, said it was an unprecedented event.
"We've never had a complaint of this nature of this type. In fact, I asked the health department how many times they'd had a situation like this, and they said three times in ten years that they've had to do a public notification from a medical office and never a dentist's office," she said.
Officials have sent 7,000 letters to known patients of Harrington.
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