Pukekohe Intermediate Dental Clinic

Due to a problem with dental equipment at Pukekohe Intermediate Dental Clinic, there is a very small chance that children who had particular procedures at this dental clinic may have been exposed to unsterilized water, possibly containing blood or saliva from other children.

Because of the nature of this event, Counties Manukau Health and the Auckland Regional Dental Service have instigated a full public heath response.

Children who have had a procedure involving compressed air, a drill, extraction or suction, will be offered testing for blood-borne viral infections, in particular Hepatitis B, C and HIV.

However, infectious disease specialists have indicated that the risk of cross-infection is very low as it is extremely rare for New Zealand children to have any of these conditions.

Only children who attended the dental clinic from 13 September until it closed on 23 January 2017 are affected.  Parents will be contacted by specialist public health nurses to arrange appropriate screening for their children.  Parents and caregivers can also call Healthline (0800 611 116) or talk to their GP for information and support.

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