London Nail Salon Public Health Warning

Thursday, 11 January 2018 08:20 MH
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Public health officials are warning customers of a nail salon in London, Ont., that they may have been exposed to blood-borne infections after a client tested positive for hepatitis B.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit issued an alert Wednesday warning clients of Cali Nails in the White Oaks Mall that they contact their doctors about getting tested for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

Mary Lou Albanese, the manager of the health unit's infectious disease control team, says a customer who contracted hepatitis B went to the salon for a manicure and pedicure.

She says her agency is issuing the advisory for anyone who visited the salon between May 4, 2017, and Jan. 5, 2018.

Albanese adds it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the person contracted the infection, but says officials felt a public alert was necessary after inspectors logged repeated infection-control infractions at the business.

Hepatitis B, a virus transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids, attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease. In Ontario, children receive the vaccine to protect against the virus in Grade 7.

(The Canadian Press)

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