Hepatitis A concerns at Teavana Fashion Mall store

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Customers of a business in a popular Indianapolis shopping mall may have been exposed to Hepatitis A, the Marion County Health Department reported Monday.

The department says customers who visited and drank tea prepared at the Teavana store in the Keystone Fashion Mall April 5, 12 or 19 should watch for symptoms of Hepatitis A. Anyone noticing signs or symptoms of the virus should contact a health care provider immediately.

Additionally, anyone who visited the store and drank tea on April 19, should receive vaccine (people under 40) or immune globulin (people over 40 years old) to prevent the disease. The health department says those who were at Teavana and drank tea on the previous two Saturdays are beyond the incubation period for the virus and should watch for signs and symptoms of Hepatitis A.

Those signs or symptoms include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fever and jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or eyes.

"Not everyone infected by the virus will exhibit all of these symptoms. Some people, especially children, may have no symptoms at all. However, all infected persons can transmit the disease to others," the health department wrote in a release.

The health department will offer vaccine or immune globulin free of charge for those who visited the store and drank tea on Saturday, April 19. Call the department's immunization program at (317) 221-2122 to find out which office to visit to receive the vaccine or immune globulin.

"The Teavana staff has cooperated with the recommendations of the Marion County Public Health Department and has taken appropriate steps to clean and disinfect the store. Teavana joins the health department in this announcement to ensure the health and safety of its customers, which remains a major priority," the department news release continued.

The health department confirmed Tuesday an employee at the store has Hepatitis A.

Teavana issued this statement Tuesday: 

"The health of our customers and partners (employees) is a top priority for Teavana.  We encourage anyone who was in our Keystone Crossing store on April 5, 12 or April 19 when this partner was working to review the health department’s notice.

We have been working closely with and have followed the recommendations of the Marion County Public Health Department. This includes replacing all tea makers in the store as well as thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the store.  We are also working closely with the health department to ensure the health of our partners, including providing information on preventive measures."