A longtime activist who raised awareness about the dangers of Lyme disease in Manitoba has died.
Elizabeth Wood was 65.
Lorne Wood said in an interview from Emerson his wife died Thursday of a stroke she suffered late Wednesday night. She leaves five children and 12 grandchildren.
—Jim Wilson, president of the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
Wood helped found a support group in Manitoba for Lyme disease sufferers more than two decades ago — long before the tick-borne illness became a reportable disease in the province.
“The Lyme disease community in Canada has lost a very good ally,” said Jim Wilson, president of the British Columbia-based Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.
He said Wood fought tirelessly to get the Manitoba government to take the disease seriously and acknowledge it is under-reported in Manitoba.