60 of Disgraced Dentist's Patients Have Hepatitis
Just 3,122 of 7K patients tested so far
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
This 1977 license picture provided by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry shows Tulsa oral surgeon Dr. Scott Harrington.   (AP Photo/Oklahoma Board of Dentistry, File)

(Newser) – An investigation into an Oklahoma dentist accused of major health violations at his clinic for years has turned up at least 60 patients with hepatitis, reports ABC News. More than 7,000 former patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington were sent warning letters in March that Harrington had regularly re-used needles over the years, and were urged to get tested. Some 3,122 have been tested so far, turning up 57 cases of hepatitis C, three of hepatitis B, and one of HIV.

Next: Investigators will interview those who tested positive to determine whether Harrington's poor sterilization practices were the source of their infection. ABC notes other egregious practices revealed in the surprise March 18 inspection of his offices: old needles, rusty dental tools, and the use of bleach on patient wounds. Harrington has given up his dentistry license.

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buckie-mcdougall
Apr 20, 2013 2:21 PM CDT
He appears to be a very selfish idiot.
flin1
Apr 20, 2013 8:05 AM CDT
Dentists are the kings of their little worlds and they cut corners on their infection control procedures all the time. If the truth could be known I suspect cross contamination causes illness all the time in dental patients. I think dentists who consider themselves businessmen first are the worst offenders.
ChicagoScott
Apr 19, 2013 12:42 PM CDT
Out of curiosity, is 60 out 3,122 people tested (1.9%) really an indication of where these people got Hepatitis from? I wonder, not sure how to find out, but what would be the statistical average of a random 3,000 people being given hepatitis tests and testing positive? In no way am I downplaying this serious and disgusting matter, but just curious about the prevalence of hepatitis.