The County of Orange Health Officer today issued a Health Officer Order that closes the Children’s Dental Group of Anaheim (CDG) due to positive laboratory results for Mycobacterium in CDG’s internal water system.
The Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Public Health Laboratory previously confirmed that multiple samples taken from the dental office’s internal on-site water system on September 7, 2016 tested positive for mycobacterium that is similar to the Mycobacteria chelonae/abscessus that has caused infections in 1 confirmed and 9 probable pediatric patient cases.
When the conditions below are met to the satisfaction of the County Health Officer, the order will be lifted:
- The facility must provide a written plan for replacement of the current on-site water system for review and approval by HCA.
Upon HCA-approval of the plan, the facility must fully implement the plan to replace all equipment that could potentially be a source of Mycobacterium as indicated by laboratory testing.
- All on-site water system renovation and replacement must be reviewed by HCA, including laboratory testing as appropriate, to assure patient safety.
California Health and Safety Code Sections 120130 and 120175 and California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Section 2501, requires the County Health Officer or designees to take whatever steps deemed necessary for the investigation and control of reported communicable diseases.
For additional information:
- A list of Frequently Asked Questions for concerned parents is available on HCA’s website in both English and Spanish at www.ochealthinfo.com/dentaloutbreak.
- If parents have concerns about the care their children received at this facility, the Dental Board of California encourages them to file a written report at dbc.ca.gov/consumers/ complaint _info.shtml.