HARMFUL ALGAE: LAKE ERIE

Scientists predict a “significant” harmful algae bloom will form on western Lake Erie this summer in an annual forecast released by NOAA Thursday. Scientists base a bloom’s severity on how much algae it contains over a sustained period. They predict this year’s will register above the level considered potentially harmful but still smaller than 2015.

BREACH OF INFORMATION

The Detroit Medical Center says a breach of health information affects more than 1,500 patients seen at one of its facilities from 2015 to 2016. The announcement came Thursday after a staffing agency contracted by the DMC notified hospital officials that an employee provided the information to unauthorized individuals. Letters have been sent to 1,529 patients notifying them of the breach and offering credit monitoring for affected patients.

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