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News Release: November 25, 2019

Patients of Alforat Dental advised of potential risk for hepatitis and HIV

Mississauga, ON. (November 25, 2019) – The Region of Peel Public Health is advising anyone who received dental services at Alforat Dental Center between February 2014 and September 19, 2019 to be tested, as a precaution, for bloodborne infections.

After receiving a complaint, Peel Public Health inspected Alforat Dental Center at 2395 Cawthra Rd., Unit 1 in Mississauga and identified concerns with the cleaning, sterilization and storage of dental equipment. The clinic was temporarily closed on September 20. It reopened on October 7, 2019 once the clinic demonstrated compliance with provincial infection prevention and control standards.

Although the risk of infection is considered low, patients are advised to talk to their doctor about getting tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV.

"The investigation identified several improper processes where we could not confirm the sterility of the dental equipment used at the clinic,” said Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. “As a precaution, we recommend that all clinic patients speak to their doctor about getting tested to rule out bloodborne infections."

Current and previous patients of Alforat Dental Center are advised to download this lab requisition (PDF) for blood work and bring it to their doctor or walk-in clinic. Additional information is available in the Q&A document and at peelregion.ca/dental-alert.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.5 million people and 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts

Lesley Hudson
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478