2017 PANS/PANDAS Awareness Day

10/9/2017

WHEREAS, Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes/Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANS/PANDAS) is a sudden, dramatic change in a child’s personality displayed as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with accompanying symptoms following a strep, bacterial, or viral infection; and

WHEREAS, PANS/PANDAS symptoms include tics, anxiety, depression, behavioral regression, deterioration in school performance, sensory sensitivities, severely restricted food intake, and other symptoms; and

WHEREAS, this syndrome may involve a misdirected autoimmune process that affects or weakens the blood-brain barrier, which irritates a region of the brain that manages a variety of functions such as movement, cognitive perception, habit, executive "logic based" thinking, emotions, and the endocrine system; and

WHEREAS, PANS/PANDAS is often misdiagnosed, and the treatment varies based on the needs of the child; and

WHEREAS, PANS/PANDAS Awareness Day is an opportunity to increase awareness about this health issue and available treatment options;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 9, 2017, as PANS/PANDAS AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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