12 Boy Scouts fall ill, cause unknown

Thursday , July 12, 2012 - 9:25 AM

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MOSCOW, Idaho -- Officials with Public Health-Idaho North Central District say they are waiting for medical test results to help determine the cause of an illness that affected 12 Boy Scouts on Tuesday evening at Camp Grizzly outside of Harvard.

According to published reports, three of the Scouts were admitted to Gritman Memorial Hospital on Tuesday for treatment of the unknown illness, while nine other Scouts were treated and released. The three who were admitted were released Wednesday morning according to Boy Scouts officials. All of the patients are improving, and no new illnesses have been reported.

Mike Larson, a nurse with Public Health said it is too early to tell what led to the complaints of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea - symptoms caused by sources ranging from food and water to a virus.

"We’ve been working with the medical facilities ... the camp and the families to try to figure out what’s going on so we can get more information," Larson said Wednesday. "We have environmental and epidemiology staff working on trying to piece together what it could possibly be."

Tim McCandless, spokesman for the Boy Scouts, said the health department Wednesday ruled out food as a source by testing Camp Grizzly’s food, dishwasher, water and sewage systems. McCandless said the boys in question were primarily from Sandpoint, Spokane and Montana, and their ages ranged from 11 to 16. He said alcohol was not involved in the incident.

About 220 Scouts are at the camp for a week-long session, with most of the boys arriving Sunday.

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)2012 the Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Moscow, Idaho)

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