Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Date: February 21, 2014
Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) closed a New Castle County body art business on February 20, 2014 for violation of regulations under Title 16 of the Delaware Code. The True Heart establishment at 1600 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19805 was operating in violation of several State of Delaware regulations governing body art establishments.
DPH encourages customers and employees who may have received services at this facility from September 2013 - February 20, 2014 to contact their health care provider for evaluation for diseases such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that may have been transmitted through unsterile equipment. Approximately 480 people are known to have obtained body art services from the business during that time. These individuals will be contacted by DPH by letter urging them to contact their medical provider. Delawareans can also contact DPH's Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156 with questions about health risks.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.