Philadelphia's Public Health Department has closed three local dental practices and is warning patients to be tested for HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B, CBBC reports. The Department of Health states that all three Trieu Dental Clinics have been closed for inappropriate sterilization of dental instruments and failures in injection safety practices.
The department believes that the risk of infection is low and is not aware of any infections due to the practices.
After receiving an anonymous tip, Department of Health researchers visited the clinics and observed the crimes, PhilS Philly's reports. The three locations were then closed in December 7 last year.
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Since then, the Department of Health has been training staff on infection control practices and re-educating staff. None of the Trieu practices may be re-opened until the Department of Health believes that the unsafe practices have been rectified.
All patients have been made aware of potential health risks and have been encouraged to see their healthcare provider to test them.
Trieu Dental Clinics are located at 437 West Chew Avenue at Olney, 5427 North 5th Street in Olney and 6536 Woodland Avenue in Elmwood.
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