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Store employee could have infected customers with Hepatitis A

INDIANAPOLIS – Health officials want to notify Fashion Mall customers they may have been exposed to Hepatitis A.

Customers who visited Teavana on April 5th, 12th, and 19th and drank tea brewed at the store are urged to pay attention to whether they develop symptoms. If people drank tea on the 5th and 12th, then they need to check for symptoms like vomiting. They are encouraged to contact a health care provider. If people drank their tea at the store on the 19th, then they are still in time to get a vaccine or immune globulin.

“What we’re concerned about are individuals that may have an underlying condition or already have a liver condition such as Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. When they get Hepatitis A, it can be really hard for their liver to handle,” McMasters said.

Melissa McMasters, RN and Coordinator of the Marion Co. Public Health Department Immunization and Infectious Disease Program, said Hepatitis A is rare. Hepatitis A can cause people’s liver to inflame. People need to wash their hands after they use the restroom, before they eat and prep their food.

At this time, the health department has not been notified about any customers who may have contracted Hepatitis A from the Teavana employee. McMasters said chances are low for people to be exposed to Hepatitis A like this.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are alerting the public just to make sure they can check their immunization status and visit us if they want (a) vaccine,” McMasters said.

According to a Teavana spokesperson, the Fashion Mall store disinfected everything and replaced all their tea makers. They said the health of their customers and their employees is their number 1 priority.

“Teavana store has cooperated with us and every recommendation we’ve made. They’ve followed. So we’re thankful for that,” McMasters said.

If people have questions or concerns, they are urged to contact the health department at 221-2122.