- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TOOELE, Utah (AP) - Officials say there is no evidence to support social media rumors that people are contracting meningitis after swimming in a Utah lake.

The Deseret News reports (https://bit.ly/2s7G5CR ) Tooele County Health Department and Mountain West Medical Center officials addressed the rumors on Monday about Stansbury Lake.

Mountain West spokeswoman Becky Trigg says there have been four suspected cases of meningitis throughout the past month, but “these sort of cases have no relation to each other as far as the cause.”

Lab testing has indicated the four cases were instances of viral meningitis, meaning each of the patients could have contracted the condition from numerous sources.

Social media statements about meningitis are believed to have been made on the popular Tooele County 411 Facebook group.

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Information from: Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com

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