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For Immediate Release
May 18, 2012
Tattoos and Piercing: Are you safe?
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG) Public Health is asking anyone who received a tattoo at a private residence on Harris Street in Guelph by Shannyn Moss or Chris Haines to contact WDG Health Unit. The home-based tattoo shop has never been inspected and it is possible the equipment used for tattooing was not sterile. For those who received a tattoo at this location, testing for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV is recommended.
The two individuals also provided tattoos in Barrie and Collingwood; however the exact location is unknown. Anyone who received a tattoo from these individuals in either Barrie or Collingwood should contact their local Public Health.
This serves to remind people to seek out reputable artists and shops to get a tattoo. Tattoos done in private homes or at a tattoo party are not inspected or recommended.
It is important for anyone considering a tattoo or piercing to be aware of the following:
For further information, call Public Health at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 or visit our website at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.
For more information:
Program Manager, Infectious Diseases
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1230
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