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PROCLAMATION

 

Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) Awareness Month

 

Whereas, Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) is a life-threatening skin condition in which the loss of skin cells triggers the epidermis to separate from the dermis. The majority of diagnoses are idiopathic and have no know cause; and

 

Whereas, the principal source of SJS is linked to the adverse effects of certain medications which can cause ulcers and lesions in the mucous membranes, conjunctivitis, blindness, organ failure, and death; and

 

Whereas, in the United States, 300 new cases of SJS appear every year. Adult women are twice likely as men to contract the disease; and

 

Whereas, SJS can be caused by viral infections, malignancies, and allergic reactions to certain over-the-counter drugs; however, recent trend show antibiotics and sulfa drugs appear to be the leading cause in new cases; and

 

Whereas, it is important to be aware of and research the causes of Stevens Johnson Syndrome because the dermatological disease can often be misdiagnosed as a more common, less fatal skin infection; now

 

Now, therefore, we the Warren County Commissioners, do hereby proclaim the month of August as Stevens Johnson Syndrome Awareness Month in Warren County, Pennsylvania.

 

ADOPTED this 24th day of July 2019.

 

COMMISSIONERS OF WARREN COUNTY

 

 

Benjamin Kafferlin

Chair

 

 

Cindy Morrison

Attest:                                                                   Vice Chair

 

 

Pamela J. Matve                                                    Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                           Secretary