Dental Unit Waterline Infection Outbreak In Anaheim – What Happened?

By June 10, 2019news

In 2016, a dental unit waterline contamination at Children’s Dental Group in Anaheim, California led to confirmed mycobacterium abscessus infections in 71 children.

Children’s Dental Group was part of a 12-practice group before being ordered to shut down by the Orange Country department of health after 5 waterline samples came back positive when tested for mycobacterium abscessus. Over the course of a few weeks, dozens of children between the ages of 2 and 11 began showing up to the hospital complaining of facial swelling and pain.

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