Clinic Sees High Volume of Hepatitis, HIV Screening in First Two Days

Apr 2, 2013


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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say nearly 1,000 patients of an oral surgeon accused of unsanitary practices have now been tested for hepatitis and HIV.

The Tulsa Health Department reports that 559 patients were screened Monday as part of a special testing clinic for former patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington. Officials say 420 people were tested Saturday.

State health officials say poor hygiene practices at Harrington's clinics in Tulsa and Owasso created a public health hazard. 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.

Screenings are being offered weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Tulsa Health Department's North Regional Health and Wellness Center.