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Health department warns of possible infections at dental clinic

Health department warns of possible infections at dental clinic

CREATED Apr 17, 2013

Web Producer: Laura Kittell

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Patients of a now-defunct Marana dental clinic are being advised to be tested for blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and the AIDS virus because equipment at the clinic was apparently installed improperly.

The Pima County Health Department is contacting 174 dental patients who were seen at the T Dental Clinic at 3662 W. Ina Road in Marana between January and July of 2010 because they may have been exposed to blood borne diseases.

The Pima County Health Department tells KGUN 9 On Your Side, "This is a precautionary measure and no cases of transmission of disease have been identified."

If you were a patient of the T Dental Clinic between the time of January and July 2010 and have not yet been contacted, call 520-243-7808 for specific guidance.

“At this time, we are trying to help provide residents with sufficient information so they can take the appropriate steps to feel secure about their health. The only individuals at risk for infection are those who were seen at T Dental Clinic during a very specific period of time,” said Dr. Francisco Garcia, Public Health Director.

The potential exposure may have been the result of improperly installed dental equipment

The Pima County Health Department has partnered with the Arizona Department of Health Services to look into the incident and contact patients of the dental office.

The T Dental Clinic is no longer in practice, closing operations around the time of July 2010.