SHAMOKIN - A city dentist's failure to follow procedures to sterilize dental tools used at his office has elicited 183 calls Monday and Tuesday to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, according to the department deputy press secretary.

Current and former patients of Dr. Vincent J. Paczkoskie, whose dental license was suspended Friday, were asked by the Department of Health to call 1-877-PA-HEALTH for information and assistance in finding testing locations for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Wes Culp, health department deputy press secretary, said more patients may call, but the number who have already contacted the Department of Health shows the level of worry surrounding Paczkowskie's license suspension.

"We understand the public may have concerns," said Culp. "All testing at this point is a precautionary measure, because there are no known cases of transmission at this time."

Attempts to contact Paczkoskie for comment have been unsuccessful. A listed telephone number for Paczkoskie has been disconnected and a visit to Paczkoskie's last known address elicited no response.