Patients at Mississauga dental clinic advised to get tested for hepatitis and HIV

Nov 25 2019, 1:30 pm

Those who visited a dental clinic in Mississauga are advised to get tested for bloodborne infections, including hepatitis and HIV.

Alforat Dental Center, located at 2395 Cawthra Road in Mississauga, was found non-compliant with infection prevention and control standards, according to an advisory from the Region of Peel.

Peel Public Health is now advising anyone who has been a patient of Alforat Dental Center between February 2014 to September 19, 2019, to get tested, as a precaution, for bloodborne infections.

After receiving a complaint, Peel Public Health inspected Alforat Dental Center and found problems with the cleaning, sterilization, and storage of dental instruments.

Although the risk of infection is considered low, patients are advised to talk to their doctor about getting tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

Current and previous patients can bring a copy of their patient letter and the lab requisitions to their doctor, nurse practitioner, or a walk-in clinic.

The Region of Peel says Alforat Dental was closed as a result of these issues, however, they have reopened after showing compliance with standards.