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AIDS patients' data has gone

Detailed information about 4,500 AIDS patients and another 2,000 HIV-positive people was accidentally emailed to 800 medical staff.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Palm Beach County Health Department statistician has mistakenly attached private document to an email that has been sent to hundreds of health workers who weren't normally granted access to it. Administrators halted the email system a few minutes later, but at least 10 people (from other reports – 16 people) had time to open confidential document.

Representatives of the Health Department said the email was not saved to hard disc or sent outside the organization network. Employees that had opened the attachment were reminded of their confidentiality agreements in interviews with department staff.