Eosinophil Awareness Week


WHEREAS, the term “eosinophil-associated diseases” describes a group of diseases characterized as having 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 and/or bloodstream, causing inflammation and damage; and

WHEREAS, more than one of every 2,000 people are stricken 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, causing inflammation and damage to the 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 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 18-24, 2014, as EOSINOPHIL AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.