Outbreak in Sydney Dental Practices
Up to 12,000 people have been urged to undergo testing for HIV and hepatitis after health officials confirmed four Sydney dental clinics are under investigation for poor hygiene practices.
It has been revealed that two senior dentists have been suspended and a further 12 are under investigation over a number of breaches involving poor cleaning and sterilisation techniques over a number of years.
New South Wales Health confirmed the four practices are located in the city, Surry Hills, Bondi Junction and Campsie in Sydney's south-west.
Several Dentists involved have been suspended from practising.
More than 40,000 patients attended the two of these practices over the past 10 years and officials said more than 11,000 people had invasive surgery which put them at risk of HIV and hepatitis.