State health leaders on Monday announced a possible security breach involving 2,000 birth records.

A reel containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers and some medical information was found in an unsecure location, the California Department of Public Health reported.

The records were for people born from May through September of 1974 in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter and Tehama counties. Also included was information on their parents.

State officials said they were unaware of unauthorized use of the data. They are collaborating with the California Highway Patrol to investigate and declined to reveal where the records were found.

People whose records may have been on the reel and who have questions can call 855-737-1796 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email 1974birth@cdph.ca.gov.

The health department recommends that people who believe their information could have been compromised place a fraud alert on their accounts with the three major credit reporting agencies, get copies of their credit reports and take other steps to monitor for identity theft.

Sandy Kleffman covers health. Contact her at 510-293-2478. Follow her at Twitter.com/skleffman.



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