Medical notes, May 26

Medical notes, May 26
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: May 26, 2013

Medical notes

Testing of dentist's patients continues

The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Tulsa Health Department have no new positive results to report as testing continues for patients of W. Scott Harrington's dental surgery practice. Of the patients tested so far, five have tested positive for hepatitis B, 70 for hepatitis C and three for HIV. People who test positive are being personally contacted, and they will be directed to resources for appropriate care and follow up. If warranted, testing will be recommended for a spouse or partner. To date, 3,891 people have visited county health departments throughout the state to have their blood drawn for testing as part of this public health response. An unknown number of persons have sought testing through private health care providers. The Oklahoma State Department of Health's Public Health Laboratory had completed testing for 3,972 persons as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. The discrepancy is due to the lab also testing people from other states, private physicians and local county health departments.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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