Dentist could face criminal charges
Updated: Tuesday, April 2 2013, 08:05 AM EDT
OKLAHOMA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In Oklahoma, the dentist accused of exposing 7,000 patients to hepatitis C and HIV could face criminal charges.
The head of Oklahoma's Dental Board, Susan Rogers, says her office wants prosecutors to pursue criminal charges against W. Scott Harrington.
The CDC says, since 1991 there have been only three confirmed cases of contracting HIV or hepatitis from a visit to the dentist.
"That's what makes this case remarkable, because it is so outside the boundaries of what often happens," said Dr. Matthew J. Messina of the ADA.
Letters were sent to 7,000 patients, urging them to be tested for hepatitis C and HIV.
Court records show that Harrington has been sued for medical malpractice and negligence.