Officials turn to social media to notify Harrington Patients


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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 5/07/2013 12:12 pm Published: 5/07/2013 10:01 am


State health officials are finding new ways to notify patients of Dr. Scott Harrington they should be tested for infectious diseases.

Harrington's offices in Tulsa and Owasso have been closed since the public health threat was first announced back in March. Since then officials have been using standard mail and letters to notify those 7,000 patients who they say could have been infected with hepatitis B, C and HIV.

Now officials say notification letters are not reliable, as many people may have moved out of the area and state, so they're turning to social media.

Officials are saying they will going to use social media websites, agency websites and media releases to notify additional patients.
   
Last time FOX23 News checked, about 3,700 of Dr. Harrington's patients had been tested at the beginning of May.

We found out then 69 tested positive for hepatitis C, 4 tested positive for hepatitis B, and less than 3 have tested positive for HIV.

Officials say those positive tests don't necessarily mean patients were infected at Dr. Harrington's office, and the investigation is ongoing right now.
    
As of Tuesday morning there were no posts on Facebook or Twitter by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Tulsa Health Department directed toward Harrington's patients.

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