7 thousand patients may be exposed to Hepatitis and HIV - WDRB 41 Louisville News

7 thousand patients may be exposed to Hepatitis and HIV

Posted: Updated:

LOUISIVLLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Health officials warn that thousands of people are at risk after they may have been exposed to potentially fatal diseases.

We're told about 7-thousand patients at a Oklahoma oral surgeon's office may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV.

And they are urging them to get tested.

Inspectors say they were physically sick, after finding rusty instruments that were used on patients with infectious diseases, and a pattern of unsanitary practices.

"The thing that was most upsetting to us, because we take a very dim view of this from our board's perspective, is he was allowing unauthorized, unlicensed personnel to do IV sedation, and that is completely unacceptable, and illegal in Oklahoma," said Susan Rodgers, Oklahoma Board of Dentistry.

Harrington voluntarily shut down his practice and surrendered his dental license.

The 64-year-old, who's been practicing for more than 35 years, could face criminal charges.

Copyright 2013 by WDRB News. All rights reserved.

  • Closed CaptioningMore>>

  • Closed Captioning Message

    Thanks to a grant from Norton Healthcare, this story and others are available in real-time closed captioning on WDRB.
    Thanks to a grant from Norton Healthcare, this story and others are available in real-time closed captioning on WDRB.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.