Hepatitis C Spread Between Patients At Dental Clinic For First Time: Oklahoma Health Officials

TULSA, Okla. A Tulsa-area dentist whose practice was shut down because his equipment was rusty and his employees reused needles was responsible for the nation's first transmission of hepatitis C between patients in a dental office, Oklahoma health officials said Wednesday.

Citing genetic testing performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma's state epidemiologist said there was at least one instance in which Dr. W. Scott Harrington's practice spread an infectious disease.

"This is the first documented report of patient-to-patient transmission of hepatitis C virus associated with a dental setting in the United States," Dr. Kristy Bradley said. "When this