Tulsa Health Department: Another hepatitis C case linked to Dr. Scott Harrington's dental practices

TULSA - Another former patient of Tulsa-area oral surgeon Dr. Scott Harrington has tested positive for hepatitis C, according to the Tulsa Health Department.

The newest case makes 71 patients who have tested positive for hepatitis C.  Five patients have also tested positive for hepatitis B and three for HIV.

To date, 3,908 of Harrington's former patients have been tested at county health departments since the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry released a slew of complaints against the oral surgeon last month, including allegations of unsanitary practices.

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Officials with the Tulsa Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health originally suggested around 7,000 former patients be tested.

A total of 4,011 test have been processed at the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory, including people from other states, private physicians and local health departments.

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Harrington voluntarily forfeited his license and closed the doors to his offices in Tulsa and Owasso upon the launch of the investigation.

Testing is still available at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center on 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Patients are advised to call the North Regional Health and Wellness Center directly at (918)595-4380 to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins will still be accepted, however appointments are recommended in order to minimize wait times.

Anyone who was a patient at Dr. W. Scott Harrington's dental practice should contact the Patient Information hotline (918)595-4500 with any questions.  English- and Spanish-speaking public health representatives will be available during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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