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Students Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis B, C, HIV at 12 School Dental Clinics

April 4, 2019
by Deborah Horne, KIRO 7


Some 1,250 children in Seattle and Vashon Island may have been contaminated with potentially lethal viruses because the dental equipment used on them was not properly sterilized.

Those viruses include HIV, which can cause AIDS.

“I’m really worried about it, honestly,” said parent Jennifer Trice, “because that’s a huge thing to happen.”

Trice stood outside Bailey Gatzert Elementary School in Seattle. Three of her five children are students there. She said she has been upset since she learned that the in-school dental clinic run by Neighborcare Health used equipment that was not properly sterilized.

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