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Fri April 26, 2013

Tests: 8 New Cases of Hepatitis C in Tulsa Dentist Scare

Harrington's Tulsa office
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Eight more patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon whose clinics were deemed unsanitary have tested positive for hepatitis C, but health officials caution it would be highly unusual for many of them to have contracted the illnesses at his clinic.

Tulsa's Health Department said late Thursday that the new positive tests bring the total of patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington across Oklahoma who have tested positive for hepatitis C to 65. Nearly 3,600 patients have been tested so far in county health clinics throughout the state.

Authorities urged Harrington's roughly 7,000 patients to get tested last month after finding unsanitary conditions at his two Tulsa-area clinics.

Messages left after hours with a health department spokeswoman and Harrington's Tulsa attorney were not immediately returned Thursday.