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Those who have always had a fear of needles can add another reason to their list.
On March 5, the Niagara Region Public Health Department issued a closure order to Needlez Tattoo, a tattoo parlour at 16 Thorold Rd. E. in Welland, because staff did not sterilize the equipment properly.Public Health had received complaints about the establishment and investigated.
There was no sign of any diseases from the equipment, such as HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C, but Public Health spokespeople say it still felt the need to close the store for safety.
Jesse Bruce, 28, has had tattoo work done in the past and weighed in on the lack of safety.
"[Tattoo parlours] all claim to be sanitary, even in their ads, so as a customer I would trust them to use clean needles. I just got a new tattoo last week in kind of a shady place, but even he showed me the needles he was going to use that was still in the package because it’s really dangerous."
Dr. Robin Williams, medical officer of health, made a public statement about the matter.
"We ask all clients who received tattooing or piercing services at this location between December 2009 and March 2010 to see their physician or visit a walk-in clinic and ask for a blood test for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C."
Those who have questions can call the Infectious Disease Program at 1-888-505-6074 or 905-688-8248 ext. 7330 weekdays during office hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.