Dental Water Causes Serious Outbreak In California
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Thirty California children were hospitalized after an outbreak of bacterial
infections that were contracted from
contaminated water at a children’s dentist. According to officials of the Orange County
Health Care Agency, children who underwent a pulpotomy at the Children's
Dental Group in Anaheim were infected by water used during the procedure.
Not only did the children sustain serious sickness but medical officials
are now saying the children could suffer long-term effects on their health.
A pulpotomy is root canal procedure performed on children. Authorities
say the patients ranged in ages three to nine years of age and all visited
the clinic between March and July. Several weeks later, thirty children
were hospitalized with an infected called Mycobacterium abscesses. Medical
officials say Mycobacterium abscesses is slow moving and can take months
to show symptoms. The Orange County Health Care Agency says they expect
the numbers to grow as more infected children could show symptoms. Many
of the children grew abscesses around their jaw, and many were hospitalized
The Dental Board of California has said they are investigating the incident
and will determine whether the Children's Dental Group office followed
proper procedures were followed. In a worst case scenario, a child may
have to have their jaw removed which could cause a lifetime of issues.
Officials work to raise awareness about the outbreak, urging caregivers
to watch for adverse symptoms before they get too severe. Symptoms include
swelling, pain, and redness around the infected tooth and jaw bone.
If your child has been injured and you believe you have a medical malpractice
contact Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC, immediately.