Hydrocephalus Awareness Day and Month


WHEREAS, Hydrocephalus is a condition that has no cure with the primary characteristic being an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain resulting in abnormal widening of ventricles in the brain, causing harmful pressure which can be fatal if untreated; and

WHEREAS, there are two primary types of hydrocephalus, congenital, appearing at birth, and acquired, which develops at birth or some point afterward; and

WHEREAS, the exact number of people who develop hydrocephalus or who are currently living with it is difficult to determine because there is no national registry of the individuals who have the condition; experts estimate that is affects more than one million Americans and occurs in 1.5 in every 1000 live births and it appears in an estimated 700,000 older Americans; and

WHEREAS, currently the only treatment for hydrocephalus is the surgical insertion of a shunt system that diverts the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to another area of the body where is can join the normal circulatory process; and

WHEREAS, in 2009, the United States Congress passed a Resolution designating the month of September as National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth joins the Virginia community of the Hydrocephalus Association, and the National Hydrocephalus Association in conjunction with leaders from professional, community, and medical-based organizations, in increasing public awareness of hydrocephalus and the needs of families, resulting in better health for all individuals;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2015 as HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS MONTH and September 1, 2015, as HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.