Patients unlikely got diseases at Okla. clinic

Dirty dentist triggers scare

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) – Five dozen patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon whose clinics were deemed unsanitary have tested positive for infectious diseases – but health officials say it’s highly unlikely than any of them 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. Health officials note Harrington’s staff had said they knew 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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