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Local woman begins Ontario portion of Lyme disease walk

Ottawa was officially designated as an "at risk" area for the disease last year when 20 per cent of tested ticks were positive for the disease.  
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Ticks may carry Lyme disease. File photo.

A local woman has begun the Ontario leg of her cross-Canada walk to raise awareness of Lyme disease. 

In her blog, Kristy Wood-Giles says was infected five years ago after going on a hike and being bitten by ticks. 

The Ottawa area was officially designated as an "at risk" area for the disease last year when 20 per cent of tested ticks were positive for the disease.  

There were 168 cases in 2017, which is more than double the total from 2016.  

Wood-Giles said, even five years after her diagnoses, she is still recovering from several symptoms, including memory loss and weakness.
 

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