Illegal Tattooes Cause Hepatitis Scare In Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ Leavenworth police are on the lookout for unlicensed tattoo operators thought to have tattooed at least four underage customers without parental consent _ including one who tested positive for hepatitis C.

Officials say a second test for hepatitis was negative, but the initial scare was enough that authorities decided to alert the public to the unlicensed operators.

Leavenworth has just one licensed tattoo business. Police say the unlicensed operators pose a public health risk. They're asking for information from anyone who has gotten a tattoo from an illegal operator.

State law requires tattoo parlors to be licensed by the Kansas Board of Cosmetology and the city. It is illegal to give a tattoo to someone younger than 18 without a parent's consent.


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