The Week in Review: June 22 – June 29, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Boomer Moms At High Risk For Hep C, Says Doctor. A quarter million Canadians are believed to have the hepatitis C virus at this moment, and many have no idea. Dr. Rod Russell says it’s really baby boomers at the highest risk, and to be specific, it’s our mothers, the women who gave birth before 1992, especially if they had blood transfusions during pregnancy. Their children are also at risk because if the mo...

Health unit urges dental patients to get tested after child revealed to have hepatitis C

ORILLIA, Ont. -- A central Ontario dentist is defending his practice after public health officials said two patients who had received dental services at his clinic tested positive for hepatitis C. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit confirmed a child is one of two individuals who tested positive for Hepatitis C after receiving dental care at Joe Philip and Associates dental office between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 18, 2017. SMDHU first made a recommendatio

The Week in Review: June 30 – July 7, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017 News Recap If there is anything you can take away with you from this week’s newsletter it is the fact that We Really Need New Testing Recommendations in Canada – Similar to Those Issued by the CDC in the USA!  Why?  Here’s why: Heart Disease: Researchers have made significant strides into determining the specific CV (cardiovascular) conditions that are common in patients with HIV and HCV. Those with HCV are more likely to deve...

Guelph dental practice patients at risk of hep C, hep B, HIV infection

All patients of a certain Guelph dental practice over a 2.5-year period are being urged to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced Friday that they were sending letters to all known patients of Guelph Dental Associates between Jan. 21, 2015 and June 21, 2017. They say there is a low risk that anyone in that category may have been infected because some dental instruments were not being steriliz

Burlington dental patients told to get tested for hepatitis and HIV

The Halton Regional Health Department in Ontario, Canada says 9,000 past and current patients of a Burlington dental clinic should get tested for infectious diseases. On June 9 the department identified that clients who received dental services at Upper Middle Dental operated by Dr. Vick Handa may have been exposed to improperly cleaned instruments used for procedures. “Improperly cleaned dental instruments carry a low risk of transmitting infectious d

Patients at Calgary home dental clinic may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis: AHS

Alberta Health Services has shut down an illegal dental clinic in Calgary that was operating in the basement of a house in the southwest community of Somerset. As Tony Tighe reports, anyone who had a dental treatment there is being warned the equipment may not have been sanitized. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is urging patients who received dental care at a home-based operation in southwest Calgary to get tested, warning they have been exposed to viruses

US: VA dentist resigns after hundreds possibly infected

MILWAUKEE — Officials at the troubled Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wisconsin said Friday that the dentist responsible for possibly infecting nearly 600 veterans has resigned. The dentist has not been named. The announcement came after House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson, both Wisconsin Republicans, expressed outrage that the dentist was still working at the facility. On Tuesday, Victoria Brahm, acting medical director at the cen

Woman says she contracted hepatitis C at dentist

BELLEVUE, WA (KCPQ/CNN) - A woman says she tested positive for hepatitis C after a visit to a dental office. She now has a legal team looking into how she got the disease. With her youngest son and attorney by her side, the woman, identified only as Sandra, said she is afraid. “I’m concerned, and I don’t feel comfortably able to touch anybody right now,” she said. “I don’t know what it’s about. I’m scared.” She’s frightened after receiving test resu