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Officials Urge Testing After They Say Illegal Tattoo Operation Was Shut Down In Clayton

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KENT COUNTY, Del. -- Health officials in Delaware are urging anyone who received body art from a tattoo parlor they said was illegally operating out of at a home in Clayton to get tested for diseases like Hepatitis and HIV because they don't know who used the alleged service.

The Delaware Division of Public Health said it shut down the operation, located at 253 Christiana River Drive without a formal name, on Monday after receiving a tip through Facebook. Officials said the parlor was unregulated and it wasn't known if proper sterilization procedures were being used at the home.

Anyone who received body art at the facility should ask their doctor for Hepatitis and HIV tests, officials said.

"Establishments regulated by DPH are inspected and must meet requirements for sanitation, proper disposal of needles, use of gloves, and many other items.  HIV and hepatitis can all too easily be transmitted if proper precautions are not taken," said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.

DPH said there was no client list at the parlor, which means the agency was not able to use regular methods of contacting people who may have been exposed to extra risk factors.

Codi Lyn Canasa, a manager at Tattoo Mafia in Cheswold, said it's critical that tattoo parlors follow proper health guidelines and keep records in order to make sure their clients and staff are safe from blood borne infections.

"There's no such thing as a good piercing or a tattoo in a house. Period. No one will ever say otherwise. There's no such thing," he said. "If you can get a Pop Tart and a piercing in the same room, run."

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