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The DUWL Outbreak in Orange County

Back in 2016, more than 60 children were diagnosed with confirmed or probable mycobacterial infections in Anaheim, California, after becoming infected with serious oral cellulitis, following dental pulpotomies performed at the same dental clinic. The microorganism in question was Mycobacterium abscessus, which…

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Reminder: Cover or Disinfect all Clinical Contact Surfaces

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, and many state dental boards require, disposable impervious barriers, such as such as plastic wrap, foil, bags, or other moisture-impervious materials, to be used on clinical contact surfaces and equipment that may be…

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Reminder: Dental Offices Must Report Formaldehyde Use in Chemiclaves

Cal/OSHA Standard Section 5203 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR) mandates that all employers who use a regulated carcinogen must report that use in writing, by mail or email, to Cal/OSHA’s Asbestos and Carcinogen Unit. Cal/OSHA regulates ~30 regulated carcinogens under Title 8 CCR Sections…

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CDC Recommends Flu Shot for ALL Healthcare Professionals

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all healthcare professionals (HCP) get vaccinated annually against influenza (flu). Each year in the US, on average, 36,000 people die and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from flu-related complications. Anyone can get…

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