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336 Stevens Johnson Syndrome Awareness Month



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.





Benjamin Kafferlin




Cindy Morrison

Attest:                                                                   Vice Chair



Pamela J. Matve                                                    Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                           Secretary