Dental patients may be at risk for disease

Dental patients may be at risk for disease

MOUNT BETHEL, PA. – The Pennsylvania Department of Health says Patients Palmer Cuttoro of Cuttoro Dental Associates on South Delaware Drive in Mt. Bethel, Northampton County, may have been exposed to HIV or Hepatitis B and C.

An investigation revealed that the office did not properly clean, disinfect or sterilize the equipment, leading to an infection risk.

In a statement, the Health Minister of the PA, Dr. Rachel Levine, in part: "The inadequate infection control procedures in this practice could lead to potential harm, so we recommend that patients have themselves examined."

The department recommends that anyone who visited the office between January 1, 2007 and September 14, 2018 be tested. They say this includes current and former patients who have performed dental procedures in the office.

The health department said they sent a letter of cessation to the dental office at the end of August and Cuttoro has voluntarily given up his license.

The dental office is closed and calls to practice remained unanswered. On Tuesday afternoon, news passed the office. The lights were on and it seemed like someone was working inside, although no one came to the door.

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