Hepatitis Risk Found At Barbershops & Nail Salons

Barber work toolsBefore going to get a fresh cut or your “nails did,” you may want to consider this potential health concern. Customers in nail salons and barbershops may be at risk for hepatitis infection if the tools used are improperly cleaned, U.S. researchers have found.

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While regulations for disinfecting instruments such as nail files and brushes, finger bowls, foot basins, razors, clippers and scissors may be enough to prevent hepatitis transmission, there is no guarantee that workers will follow those rules, the study says.

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Researchers analyzed a Virginia Department of Health report on the risk of hepatitis infection in nail salons and barber shops and were scheduled to present their findings at an annual scientific meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology in Washington, D.C.