Winery owner building research centre for Lyme Disease
The founder of an Ontario winery with area connections is working to create a research facility for Lyme disease with the hope it will one day test and treat patients.
Rossana Di Zio Magnotta saw firsthand the lack of knowledge in Canada on how to diagnose and treat the debilitating disease as her husband, Gabe, travelled to Europe and United States looking for a cure. He died Dec. 30, 2009.
“There is no reason for people to die, lose their homes (paying for treatment in other countries) and go through all this stress and trauma,” she said. “We are not doing a good job of testing and treating.”
The CEO of Magnotta Winery Corporation, which has a crushing facility in Beamsville, wants scientific research to end a growing rift in the medical community over whether Lyme disease is a chronic illness that requires long-term treatment with antibiotics or an infection cured within 30 days.