Public Health Investigation

Patient information and updates about the ongoing Tulsa dentist investigation.

Public Health Investigation

 

Patient Information Hotline 918-582-WELL (9355)

Speak directly to a public health representative weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

Press Release: Situation Update 23

TULSA, OK – [October 17, 2013, 10:30 a.m. CST] – The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Tulsa Health Department announced today that findings from genetic testing of HIV specimens from former patients of the W. Scott Harrington dental surgical practice have been deemed inconclusive for potential connection to the practice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Specimens from three of four Harrington patients testing positive for HIV were submitted to CDC for genetic analysis in an effort to determine if the source of infections was related to the clinic.

Last month the two public health agencies released an interim status report on results of their public health investigation of the W. Scott Harrington dental surgical practice, which indicated that genetic-based testing of patient specimens by CDC confirmed one event of patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C virus had occurred in the practice. This is the first documented report of patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C virus associated with a dental setting in the United States. 

On March 28, public health officials announced they were notifying current and former patients of the practice that they may have been exposed to blood-borne viruses at Harrington’s Tulsa and Owasso offices. Health officials recommended these patients have their blood drawn for testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV infection at free screening clinics established at the Tulsa Health Department, Oklahoma City-County Health Department and other county health departments in the state. The free screening clinics were available through June 28.

In total, the Oklahoma Public Health Laboratory completed testing for 4,208 persons. Ninety patients tested positive for hepatitis C, 6 for hepatitis B, and 4 for HIV.  An unknown number of persons also sought testing through their private health care provider.

A final report summarizing the oral healthcare-associated public health investigation and response is underway.

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Patients Who Were Recommended to Return for Follow-up Testing

Patients with negative test results who had dental procedures in the Harrington clinic between Sept. 20, 2012, and March 20, 2013, were recommended to return for follow-up testing at least six months past the last dental clinic date at the Harrington practice. Those patients will still receive follow-up testing at no cost. Screenings after June 28 will be provided Monday-Thursdays by appointment only. Please call the North Regional Health and Wellness Center directly at (918) 595-4380 to schedule an appointment.

 

 Location:   North Regional Health and Wellness Center
                5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
                Tulsa, OK 74126
                View map to the clinic here
                *If you are using a GPS to find the clinic, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd was formerly called Cincinnati Ave.

Directions: If coming from Tulsa: Take HWY-75 N to the 56th St N exit. Head West on 56th St. N for approx. 3 miles until you reach Martin Luther King Jr Blvd (formerly Cincinnati Ave) and turn North.  Destination is on your right.

 

 

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The Tulsa Health Department would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to all of the volunteers who have come forward to offer assistance in every facet (medical and non-medical) of the testing clinic and patient information hotline.