Dental Patients Urged to Get Checked for Hepatitis C

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is renewing its call for patients of an Orillia dental clinic to get tested for hepatitis C.

The health unit says two people, including a child, have tested positive for hepatitis C. The patients were tested after an advisory was issued in February about Dr. Joe Philip’s practice.

The health unit issued the advisory over concerns about equipment cleaning and sterilization.

“We’re more concerned than we were in February. What we know is these individuals received dental care there and received these unexpected hepatitis results,” says Dr. Colin Lee, associate medical officer of health.

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