ALBERTA

Pharaohs Tattooing Shut Down Over Unsanitary Conditions

11/05/2014 04:11 EST | Updated 11/05/2014 04:59 EST
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Pharaohs Tattooing in Calgary has been shut down, and anyone who may have had ink work done at the home-based parlour is being urged to get tested.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) ordered the shop's closure, located at 3519 Centre Street N.W., on Oct. 30. On Wednesday, they issued a warning to clients.

“This particular home-based tattoo operation did not have these proper sterilization or sanitation processes in place, meaning individuals who received tattoos through this operation may have been exposed to viruses, including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV,” said Dr. Judy MacDonald, medical officer of health for the Calgary zone, in a press release.

The operator can not offer tattoo services while the closure is in effect, and the order will not be lifted until the operators has addressed "all violations noted in the closure order, and is capable of providing tattoo services in accordance with all regulations and legislation in Alberta."

Anyone who got inked at Pharaohs Tattooing is advised to call Health Link to arrange testing.

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