Harrington Case: Link of HIV to Practice Deemed 'Inconclusive'
Tulsa health officials stated Thursday morning that genetic tests on
HIV specimens from former patients of Scott Harrington were deemed
inconclusive for potential connection to his practice.
was released from the Tulsa Health Department after specimens were
taken from three or four of the patients that tested positive for HIV to
determine if the source of infections was related to Harrington's
clinic. The Centers of Disease Control assisted in the investigation.
reports from KTUL and the health department stated that officials were
able to confirm the transmission of hepatitis C at his practice. This
was reportedly the first documented transmission of the virus associated
with a dental setting in the U.S.
Health inspectors shut down Harrington's clinic March 28 after
finding unsanitary conditions. A 17-count complaint filed by the state
said officials found rusty instruments, potentially contaminated drug
vials and improper use of a machine designed to sterilize tools at
The investigation is continuing and Harrington is cooperating with the probe.
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