This Thursday, March 28, 2013 photo shows the dental offices of Dr. Scott Harrington at 2111 S. Atlanta Place in Tulsa, Okla. Health officials on Thursday, March 28, 2013 urged thousands of patients of an Oklahoma oral surgeon to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing, saying unsanitary conditions behind his office's spiffy facade posed a threat to his clients and made him a "menace to the public health."
TULSA, Okla. - - About 150 to 200 patients of a Tulsa oral surgeon who's accused of unsanitary practices are lined up outside a health clinic to be screened for hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS.
The line Saturday wrapped around the front of the large building north of downtown that houses Tulsa Health Department North Regional Health and Wellness Center.
Oklahoma officials say 7,000 patients of Dr. W. Scott Harrington in the past six years will receive letters that warn poor hygiene at Harrington's two clinics created a public health hazard.
The patients are being urged to be screened for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
Harrington's practice was inspected after officials determined a patient may have contracted hepatitis C while having dental surgery. He had clinics in Tulsa and suburban Owasso.
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