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News Release

Clients of mobile tattooist urged to call Health Department

WHITBY, ON May 20, 2015

Durham Region residents who may be clients of a tattooist by the name of  Frank (Franktisek) Zima, who provides mobile services  in Oshawa, are being asked to call Durham Region Health Department as part of an investigation into exposure to non-sterile equipment.

The Health Department has ordered the tattooist, Mr. Zima, to no longer provide any type of service where the use of non-sterile instruments could lead to transmission of diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. The Health Department is concerned that tattoos were given with equipment that were not sterile.

“At this time, we have no evidence of transmission of infectious disease, but there is a risk of transmission of hepatitis B and C, and HIV because of the use of non-sterile instruments by this individual,” explained Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health.

“The Health Department has confirmed with Mr. Zima that he started tattooing in 2004 and the number of clients is unknown as he does not keep any records. Therefore, it’s very important for anyone who received tattoos by Frank (Franktisek) Zima in Oshawa to call the Health Department for further follow-up.”

Clients who have ever received tattoos by this individual are urged to call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Health Department staff will provide information to clients on the recommended follow-up tests to rule out any blood-borne infection.

“It’s important for people to understand that they should avoid home-based or mobile tattoo operations as these services have likely not been inspected and may be unsafe,” said Brenda Kwan, Manager, Environmental Health with the Health Department. "People considering a tattoo, piercing or any other invasive procedure should be aware of what to look and ask for when choosing these types of services."

For information on how to prevent the risk of infection posed by tattooing and other personal services, call the Health Department's Environmental Help Line at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

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For more information, please contact Health Department.