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Dental Patients tested for HIV and hepatitis after possible exposure

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Dental patients in Tulsa and Owasso waited in line at a health clinic Saturday after possible exposure to HIV and hepatitis, USA Today said.

Letters to 7,000 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington, an oral surgeon in Tulsa, were sent out advising them to get checked for HIV and hepatitis due to possible exposure from unsanitary practices, USA Today said.

The North Regional Health and Wellness Center tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C. 420 people were tested Saturday, and should receive their results within two weeks, CNN and USA Today said.

The state dentistry board filed a 17-count complaint against Dr. Harrington with a pending license revocation hearing. The board found reused needles, expired drugs, rusty instruments, improper use of instuments and dentist assistants administering sedatives to patients, USA Today said.

The dentistry board started its inspection after one of Harrington's patient tested positive for hepatitis C, CNN said.

Unlike other states who conduct random inspections of dentist offices, Oklahoma inspects only after a complaint is filed, CNN said.

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