More former dental patients of Dr. Scott Harrington test positive for hepatitis C, totaling 56

TULSA - Eight more former patients of the dentist accused of exposing thousands of Oklahomans to harmful viruses have tested positive for hepatitis C, the Tulsa Health Department said Thursday.

The new cases bring the total number of positive hepatitis C tests linked to Dr. Scott Harrington's office to 65. There were no more new cases reported for hepatitis B or HIV. 

News of an Oklahoma Dentistry Board investigation into Harrington's Tulsa and Owasso practices last month prompted the health department to request nearly 7,000 former patients undergo testing for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

RELATED: 7,000 patients potentially exposed to hepatitis, HIV   (http://bit.ly/dentistexposure)

The Oklahoma Dentistry Board launched the investigation after one of Harrington's patients tested positive for hepatitis. In the board's complaint, they called Harrington "a menace to the public health" after they reportedly found unsanitary conditions and poor sterilization techniques.

LINK: Oklahoma Board of Dentistry's complaints against Dr. Scott Harrington  (http://bit.ly/HarringtonDOCS)

The Oklahoma State Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory, at which all free testing has been funneled, reports 3,503 people were tested as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. More have undoubtedly seen private consultation.

Still need to get tested?  Check out the Tulsa Health Department info page  for clinic hours and locations (http://bit.ly/17tEmVT). Stay with KJRH.com for updates.