Patients’ Data Stolen After Medical Center Employee’s Car Broken Into
The information contained patients’ full names, birth dates, telephone numbers and details about their scheduled appointments.
Los Angeles Times:
County-USC Patients' Personal Information Stolen In Car Break-In
Files containing personal information on more than 700 patients treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center were stolen when an employee's car was broken into, county health officials said Monday. The break-in occurred in July. The county Department of Health Services released a statement after trying to notify the affected patients by mail. The files stolen from the car contained appointment lists for people who were treated at the County-USC neurosurgery clinic between May 10 and July 26, according to the statement. (Sewell, 8/29)
In other news from across the state —
Orange County Register:
Encephalitis Is Newest Virus In Mosquito Arsenal In O.C.
For the first time in 30 years, Orange County mosquitoes have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis, a disease that can be transmitted to humans, the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Monday. The mosquitoes were trapped earlier this month in Garden Grove, said district spokesman Jared Dever. St. Louis encephalitis is related to West Nile virus, which so far this year has sickened five Orange County residents and been found in mosquito samples from 25 local cities. (Perkes, 8/29)