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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
Attest: Vice Chair
Pamela J. Matve Jeff Eggleston
Chief Clerk Secretary