Patients at Pennsylvania practice may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B & C — 3 insights

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Pennsylvania Department of Health officials are requesting patients from Cotturo Dental Associates in Mount Bethel, Pa., get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C, according to ABC 6.

Here are three insights:

1. Officials got a tip Palmer Cotturo, DDS, and the staff did not properly clean, disinfect or sterilize equipment.

2. Dr. Cotturo has since surrendered his license and closed the practice.

3. Patients who visited the practice for any procedure in the past 11 years are recommended to get tested.

"The inadequate infection control procedures at this practice could create the potential for harm, so we are recommending patients get tested," Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, MD, told ABC 6.

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