Local health officials were quick to dispel Monday that people have contracted meningitis after swimming in Stansbury Lake.
Rumors on social media over the weekend claimed that several cases of meningitis were due to swimming in the lake.
“That is not the case. There is no indication or proof of that,” said Becky Trigg, spokeswoman for Mountain West Medical Center.
“We have had four cases of viral meningitis during the past month,” Trigg said. “There was an assumption by two people who both had it, and knew each other, and had both swum in the lake, that they got it from the lake. Cultures confirmed these cases were not bacterial meningitis. Viral meningitis can be caused by many different types of viruses.”
The Tooele County Health Department also responded to the rumor spread on social media.
“What the health department knows, as of today (Monday), is that there has been no pattern of a single organism causing meningitis-like symptoms in individuals or groups,” said Amy Bate, public information officer for the health department.
“If there are any reportable diseases in an individual or group, the health department follows, tracks and will make known to the public any risk of a particular location or activity. There have been far fewer cases (of meningitis) than have been reported on social media,” she added.
“Four cases in a month is an increase for our county, but that is not only here in Tooele. That increase is being seen statewide,” Bate said.
Dr. Jim Antinori, an emergency room doctor at MWMC, said that four cases of meningitis detected in patients…
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