Olivia Chow diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome

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OTTAWA — New Democrat MP Olivia Chow warns she will look a little different over the next few weeks as she gets treatment for Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

Chow took to Twitter to talk about her diagnosis of a disease related to chicken pox that causes temporary facial weakness.

"With Ramsay Hunt syndrome, like Bell's palsy, my smiles may not be complete, but that won't stop me from working hard — pushing for transit," Chow wrote in an online posting.

The MP, who is rumoured to be preparing a run to become mayor of Toronto, says she'll push on regardless of her illness.

"Overcoming challenges and adversity is something I have always done," she said via Twitter. "Aside from temp facial weaknesses, I am healthy."

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