The state’s top public health agency is not involved in the investigation of a county dental clinic in which sanitization practices prompted a warning that thousands of people in the county should be tested for exposure to hepatitis and HIV, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Local health departments, the Galveston County Health District in this case, are responsible for their own investigations, and the state agency provides assistance when it is requested, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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