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Friends raise money to help treat woman with Lyme disease

Friends of Carolyn MacIntyre, a Perth-area woman with Lyme disease, are raising money to pay for her ongoing care and possible treatment in the U.S.

Fundraising for Lyme disease care

8 years ago
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Friends of Carolyn MacIntyre, a Perth-area woman suffering from Lyme disease, are raising money to pay for her ongoing care and possible treatment in the U.S.

Friends of Carolyn MacIntyre, a Perth-area woman with Lyme disease, are raising money to pay for her ongoing care and possible treatment in the U.S.

MacIntyre has been prescribed antibiotics, but she received only a few weeks of treatment because Lyme disease is not considered a chronic disease.

Health Canada follows treatment guidelines established by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, which recommends 28 days of treatment for Lyme disease.

Now MacIntyre's friends are stepping in to help by organizing a dance, yard sale and online fundraising campaign to pay for her ongoing care.

As soon as she's well enough, MacIntyre and her husband plan to travel to New York state to see a specialist and try to get a prescription there.

Find out more about MacIntyre and her condition in the video player above.

So far in 2015 there have been 11 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Ottawa. There were 22 cases in 2014 and 47 cases in 2013, which was an abnormally high year. 

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