Pima County vaccination records for 2,500 recovered

September 21, 2006

By David L. Teibel, Tuscon Citizen


Records for an estimated 2,500 clients of the Pima County Health Department have been recovered along with the car in which they were left, a county official said.

The car was stolen Sept. 12 from a South Side health department office parking lot. The vaccination records were in the trunk.

Patti Woodcock, spokeswoman for the health department, said Tucson police recovered the car and the records Wednesday in an apartment complex parking lot a few blocks from where the theft occurred. The records from summer vaccine clinics were headed for a downtown office. Names, dates of birth and ZIP codes were in the records, but no Social Security numbers or addresses.

The county's public health nursing staff and all others who handle personal health data are being retrained in the handling of confidential health records, according to a department spokeswoman.

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