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.
Public health officials are reporting an increase in hepatitis A cases in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports seeing an elevated number of cases in Detroit as well as Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. In the last year, 190 cases of lab-confirmed hepatitis A have been reported in those areas, including 10 deaths. Those with hepatitis A are infectious for two weeks before seeing symptoms which include jaundice, fever, fatigue, and nausea among other symptoms.