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Publication Type
Journal Article
UWI Author(s)
Author, Analytic
Vickers, I. E.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Medicine
Article Title
Infections Linked to Personal Appearance Workers
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Journal Title
West Indian Medical Journal
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Reprint Status
Refereed
Date of Publication
2004
Volume ID
53
Issue ID
6
Page(s)
367
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ISSN
0043-3144
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Abstract
Personal appearance workers: barbers, hairdressers, cosmetologists, manicurists, pedicurists, aestheticians, aroma therapists, massage therapists, and tattoo artists have been implicated in the spread of various infections. This editorial comments on the spread of microorganisms from person to person and concludes that the majority of microorganism contaminating instruments used by personal appearance workers is of low virulence and is unlikely to cause serious infections in immunocompetent persons. However some procedures such as tattooing, body piercing, accidental puncture or lacerations of the skin by sharp instruments pose additional risks for the transmission of blood borne infections including immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B and hepatitis C (3-5).....
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