Alberta Health Services has shut down a Camrose tattoo parlour over concerns of unsanitary practises that could put clients at risk of exposure to viruses.

Officials are warning anyone who got a tattoo from Dermal Defiance Tattoo or its operator to be tested for Hepatitis B and C and HIV.

“To prevent the spread of infection from one person to another, equipment used in tattooing must be cleaned, disinfected and sterilized according to health standards,” said Dr. Digby Horne with AHS in a release.

“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.”

The tattoo parlour was shut down on July 23. It will not be permitted to reopen until its operator has addressed all of the violations listed in its closure order.

People who have received tattoos at Dermal Defiance are asked to call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465 to arrange for medical testing.

Now, AHS is reminding Albertans to make sure their chosen tattoo shop is routinely inpected before getting any ink done.