PORT MOODY Health officials are warning anyone who received dental treatment from Tung Sheng Wu (also known as David Wu) that they might have been exposed to serious viruses.
Fraser Health issued the alert Wednesday regarding Wu, who they say has been performing dental procedures illegally in Burnaby, and before that, in Port Moody.
According to the health authoritys press release, a College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. investigation found instruments used by Wu were not properly cleaned or sterilized and there is a chance individuals who received dental procedures from him could be exposed to blood-borne viruses like hepatitis B and C and HIV.
The college was alerted when one of Wus former patients complained about the treatment she had received from him. The college determined he was not a registered dentist and hired a private investigator to conduct surveillance at his home on Southwood Street in Burnaby.
Fraser Health said the investigation provided evidence that Wu was practising dentistry illegally.
The colleges investigators and RCMP entered the home on May 29 and found a dental office in a bedroom, along with approximately 1,500 client files.
Fraser Health said Wus dental practice did not meet the dental colleges requirements for infection prevention and control.
Because Mr. Wu was not a licensed dentist and because he was not following the infection control procedures expected of a licensed dentist, we believe there is sufficient risk of exposure to blood-borne viruses to recommend testing for all clients, Dr. Michelle Murti, medical health officer with Fraser Health, said in a statement.
The health authority noted Wu might have been practising as far back as the 1990s. Prior to the Burnaby location, he operated out of a home in Port Moody.
Wu allegedly relied on word-of-mouth referrals, specifically within the Chinese-Canadian community.
Anyone who has received treatment from Wu is asked to contact a public health nurse through a toll-free line at 1-855-895-7425.
Fraser Health said a public health nurse would provide information about testing.
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