2017 National Eosinophil Awareness Week


WHEREAS, in May 2007, Congress designated the third week of May as National Eosinophil Awareness Week through H.R. 296; and

WHEREAS, the term “eosinophil-associated diseases” describes a group of diseases that cause elevated levels of eosinophils - a type of white blood cell associated with allergies, parasites, and cancer - in one or more specific places in the digestive system, tissues, organs or bloodstream, causing inflammation and damage; and

WHEREAS, 56:100,000 nationwide are stricken with eosinophilic esophagitis, and 28:100,000 are affected by eosinophilic colitis and eosinophilic gastroenteritis, and face challenges of lower quality of life with chronic illnesses; and

WHEREAS, Virginia residents should understand that this chronic illness can be life-threatening, causing inflammation of and damage to the vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract; and

WHEREAS, eosinophil-associated diseases are chronic illnesses that significantly impact a person's quality of life and ability to attend school and work, and sometimes dramatically alters a person’s diet; and

WHEREAS, Virginia patients with eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases depend upon steroid treatment, dietary alternations, and amino-acid based formula orally or via feeding tubes; and

WHEREAS, increased public awareness of eosinophil-associated diseases can results in earlier diagnosis, better medical treatment, research, and access to quality health care; and

WHEREAS, National Eosinophil Awareness Week is an appropriate time to recognize the Commonwealth’s dedicated health professionals who tirelessly treat those with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 14-20, 2017, as NATIONAL EOSINOPHIL AWARENESS WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.