Proof that Hepatitis C Was Spread at Dental Clinic
“This is the first documented report of patient-to-patient transmission
of hepatitis C virus associated with a dental setting in the United
TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa-area dentist
whose practice was shut down because his equipment was rusty and his
employees reused needles was responsible for the nation’s first
transmission of hepatitis C between patients in a dental office,
Oklahoma health officials said Wednesday.
Citing genetic testing
performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma’s
state epidemiologist said there was at least one instance in which Dr.
W. Scott Harrington’s practice spread an infectious disease.