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WOODRUFF, Wis. (WSAW)- The Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff is hoping to start a tick borne illness diagnosis and treatment center. It’s something that doesn’t exist within 1,200 miles of Wisconsin.

“We’re Ticked Off,”-- that’s the message from the Woman’s Legacy Council, a group that fundraises for programs and equipment at the Howard Young Medical Center.

"One of the things about tick-borne illnesses is the need for accurate testing. Without accurate testing, people don't even know they have it,” Howard Young Foundation President Erin Biertzer said. "They're suffering from different symptoms and it's often called doctor chasing because you're going around to different doctors in a very acute symptoms."

In the northwoods, ticks are plentiful making it easier to become sick due to a tick bite. That’s why the hospital groups launched a $3.5 million fundraising project to create the designated tick center.

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