Local & Regional
Fri June 28, 2013
4 New Disease Cases in Oklahoma Health Scare
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — One new case of HIV and three new cases of hepatitis C have been reported in an ongoing health scare involving thousands of former patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon whose offices were deemed unsanitary by inspectors.
The Tulsa Health Department said Thursday there are now four patients of Doctor W. Scott Harrington who have tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Seventy-seven patients have tested positive for hepatitis C and five for hepatitis B since testing began in March.
There's no indication the diseases spread at Harrington's clinics. Health experts say the spread of disease in dental clinics is extremely rare.
More than 4,000 of Harrington's patients have been tested since inspectors said they found unsanitary conditions at his two clinics.
Harrington is cooperating with the investigation.