Eosinophil Awareness Week 2016


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 places in the digestive system, tissues, organs and bloodstream, causing inflammation and damage; and

WHEREAS, more than one of every 1,700 people live with eosinophilic esophagitis and more than one of every 3,500 people are affected by eosinophilic colitis and eosinophilic gastroenteritis; and

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

WHEREAS, eosinophil-associated diseases can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms may resemble other illnesses; and

WHEREAS, gaps exist in understanding the causes, consequences, and treatments of eosinophil-associated diseases; 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;

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 15-21, 2016, as EOSINOPHIL AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.