Outbreak Stemming From Dental Clinic Water Spikes To 20 Cases
All of the children have required surgery to rid their bones of the infection.
More Children Infected At California Dental Clinic Losing Permanent Teeth
As the outbreak of infections among children treated at an Anaheim pediatric dental clinic climbed to 20 cases Friday, a doctor at Children’s Hospital of Orange County said the affected children have not only undergone extensive surgeries and received powerful antibiotics, but many have also lost permanent teeth. Five doctors and a team of hospital staff have been caring for the 20 children, who remain hospitalized at CHOC for several days now, said Antonio Arrieta, the hospital’s Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Doctors and staff have been taking X-rays of the children’s jaws and chest area to detect infected areas, and all children have required surgery to rid their bones of the infection, he said. (Bharath, 9/24)
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LA Daily News:
Dental Victory Tempered For Grieving Family: ‘How Many More Kids Have To Die?’
The family initially wanted a law that would require two providers during oral surgery — one to operate, and another who specializes in anesthesia. Dental lobbyists resisted, saying that could prevent some patients from getting care. The family scaled back its ambitions, and negotiated many versions of the bill before it was sent to the governor last week with the support of the dental lobby. (Rosenhaul, 9/25)