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CANADA: Patients of Illegal Burnaby Dentist Warned of Potential Exposure to Hep B, Hep C, HIV


Global News (08.07.2013)

Fraser Health Authority is urging patients of a man practicing dentistry without a license in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. According to Dr. Michelle Murti, the authority’s medical health officer, the individual was not a licensed dentist and was not following the infection control procedures required of a licensed dentist; therefore, health authorities believed that patients were at risk of exposure to blood borne viruses. The authority was sending letters to notify clients whose records they could locate. The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia first learned of this unlicensed practice when a patient complained about the treatment she received. The college then determined that the individual in question was not a registered dentist and got a court order to gather evidence to obtain an injunction to stop him and confiscate equipment and supplies. Fraser Health Authority is asking everyone who received treatment from this individual to call a public health nurse on the toll-free hotline (855) 895–7425.


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