PANDA/PANS Awareness Day 2016


WHEREAS, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections/Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes (PANDAS/PANS) 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, more than 162,000 children in the United States may be affected by PANDAS/PANS; and

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

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 9, 2016, as PANDA/PANS AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.