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Blood Infection Warning Issued at a Nail Salon in White Oaks Mall

The Middlesex-London Health Unit is urging clients of Cali Nails at White Oaks Mall to consult their doctor due to potential exposure to bloodborne infections including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

The advisory statement specifically warns customers who used the salon’s services between May 4, 2017 and January 5, 2018.

Mary Lou Albanese, the manager of the Health Unit’s Infectious Disease Control team, is working with the salon operator on staff to improve safety and ensure its employees understand infection control technique, mentioned in the advisory statement.

The Health Unit first received notice of this situation after a client of the salon tested positive for an unspecified blood infection. Thus, producing an urgent warning to all London residents.

“With what we’ve seen over the inspection history of this business, it has become necessary for us to issue this public notification,” said Albanese on the Health Unit’s notice.

The unit claims that the risk for infection is generally low but if proper infection prevention is not conducted in personal settings, such as nail salons and barber shops, there is always a possibility of transmission.

According to the agency, “it may be impossible to determine whether any positive blood tests resulted from procedures performed at a particular location or if they are due to other exposures.”

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Saloni Pandya has graduated from the University of Western Ontario, with a double major in Health Sciences and Globalization.Currently, Saloni is pursuing an MSc in interdisciplinary sciences all the while editing news articles for fellow reporters. She enjoys learning, from biology to issues on the global scale. However, when Saloni is not caught up in her work, you can find her reading a good John Green book or binge watching a show on Netflix.
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