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Dental clinic ordered to stop using water after infections

Posted September 16

— Health officials have ordered an Anaheim dental clinic to stop using water for procedures after 10 children who underwent root canals were hospitalized with serious infections.

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Thursday that samples from the Children's Dental Clinic water system have tested positive for mycobacteria. The samples are similar to the kind believed to have infected the children, who all underwent pulpotomies starting in May.

The Orange County Register reports (http://bit.ly/2cCRALe ) the clinic must replace the existing on-site water system and all equipment that could be a source of mycrobacteria.

Sam Gruenbaum, CEO of the company that owns the clinic, did not respond to a request for comment Thursday. He previously told the newspaper the clinic practiced industry-standard sanitation practices.

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