No confirmed link between Okla. clinic, diseases

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — More than five-dozen patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon whose clinics were deemed unsanitary have tested positive for infectious diseases. But health officials say it’d be highly unusual for any of them to have contracted the illnesses at his clinics.

Authorities urged Dr. W. Scott Harrington’s roughly 7,000 patients to get tested after finding unsanitary conditions at his two Tulsa-area clinics.

Tulsa’s Health Department said Thursday it has tested more than 3,200 patients and of them, 57 tested positive for hepatitis C, three for hepatitis B and one or two for HIV. Officials say Harrington’s staff had said several patients came to the clinic already infected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says spreading disease at a dental clinic is extremely rare, with three known cases in two decades.

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