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Health dept. confirms patient infected with hepatitis C during dentist visit

Tulsa dentist Dr. Scott Harrington

TULSA, Okla.- After testing thousands of patients of a Tulsa dentist, authorities with the Oklahoma State Department of Health say at least one person contracted hepatitis C as a result of visiting the office.

The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry launched an investigation into Dr. Scott Harrington’s practice after one of his patients tested positive for hepatitis C.

More than 4,000 patients were notified and tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV due to unsanitary conditions and improper sterilization of equipment at the office.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported that 89 people tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and four for HIV.

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Officials announced that one of those who tested positive for hepatitis C contracted the disease as a direct result of a visit to Harrington’s practice.