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Infection Prevention and Control Lapse/Hepatitis C Investigation


If you or your family received dental treatment at Lakeland Clinic at 2 Albert Street North in Lindsay, Ontario between November 10, 2017 to February 21, 2018, you are urged to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 

The Health Unit has investigated the infection prevention and control practices of the dental surgeon’s office, in follow-up of a case of hepatitis C, and found that patients may have been exposed to dental instruments that were not sterilized properly. Improperly sterilized instruments can spread infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). 

The Health Unit is working with Lakeland Clinic and has sent letters and a lab requisition for blood tests to all patients identified as having received treatment at the clinic during the specified time period.

Though the risk of contracting a virus is low, if you or a family member received dental treatment at this clinic between November 10, 2017 and February 21, 2018, and you received a letter in the mail, you are encouraged to have your blood tested. You do not need to book an appointment with your health care provider to arrange testing. You can take the requisition directly to a lab to have your blood tested. If you do not know the location of a lab, please contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1006.

If you have any questions about this IPAC lapse please call us at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1006 to speak with a nurse.


Resources:

Infection Prevention and Control Lapse Report 

Commonly Asked Questions

Fact Sheet - Hepatitis C 

Fact Sheet - Hepatitis B – Get the Facts 

Fact Sheet - HIV and AIDS

Media Resources:

Media Release - May 29, 2018

Video #1 - What prompted the warning for people to get their blood tested?

Video #2 - What prompted the warning for people to get their blood tested?

Video #3 - What kind of diseases might patients be at risk of getting?

Video #4 - How did you notify patients?

Video #5 - What is the level of risk to patients?

Video #6 - How will patients be tested?



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