Health Officials Say Three Dead After Getting West Nile
State officials are saying that West Nile virus has likely contributed to the deaths of at least three people in Idaho this summer.
At least 54 people have been sickened by the disease.
A man from Elmore County and a Lincoln County woman, both over the age of 70, recently died after contracting West Nile virus.
Twelve-year-old Rocco Magliozzi of Boston died July 28th at a Boise hospital after contracting both West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne virus, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a tick-borne virus.
Officials believe the boy was bitten by both insects while attending summer camp in southern Idaho.
It's not clear which disease caused the boy's death, but officials believe it was likely a combination of both.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is typically more severe than West Nile.
It's the first year that Idaho officials know of any West Nile-related fatalities.