PRINTER'S NO. 1416

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


HOUSE RESOLUTION

No. 254 Session of 2007


        INTRODUCED BY SCAVELLO, ADOLPH, ARGALL, BAKER, BARRAR, BELFANTI,
           BEYER, BIANCUCCI, BOBACK, BOYD, BROOKS, CAPPELLI, CAUSER,
           CLYMER, COHEN, CONKLIN, CREIGHTON, DeLUCA, DiGIROLAMO,
           DONATUCCI, J. EVANS, EVERETT, FABRIZIO, FRANKEL, FREEMAN,
           GABIG, GALLOWAY, GEIST, GIBBONS, GILLESPIE, GINGRICH,
           GODSHALL, GOODMAN, HARHART, HENNESSEY, HERSHEY, HESS, JAMES,
           W. KELLER, KENNEY, KIRKLAND, KORTZ, KOTIK, KULA, MAJOR, MANN,
           MANTZ, MARKOSEK, MARSICO, McILHATTAN, MILLARD, MILNE, MOYER,
           MURT, NAILOR, M. O'BRIEN, PALLONE, PARKER, PAYNE, PETRI,
           PHILLIPS, PICKETT, PYLE, QUIGLEY, QUINN, RAMALEY, RAPP,
           READSHAW, REICHLEY, ROHRER, ROSS, RUBLEY, SAINATO, SANTONI,
           SAYLOR, SCHRODER, SEIP, SIPTROTH, SOLOBAY, SONNEY, SURRA,
           SWANGER, THOMAS, TRUE, VEREB, VULAKOVICH, WALKO, WATSON,
           WHEATLEY, J. WHITE, WOJNAROSKI AND YOUNGBLOOD, APRIL 24, 2007

        INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
           APRIL 24, 2007

                                  A RESOLUTION

     1  Designating the month of May 2007 as "Hepatitis Awareness Month"
     2     in Pennsylvania.

     3     WHEREAS, Hepatitis is a liver disease caused by one of five
     4  forms of the hepatitis virus; and
     5     WHEREAS, Hepatitis infects individuals of all ages, ethnic
     6  groups and socioeconomic classes in urban and rural areas of
     7  this Commonwealth; and
     8     WHEREAS, The hepatitis viruses, designated as A, B, C, D and
     9  E, cause infections which are generally asymptomatic but which
    10  lead to liver inflammation; and
    11     WHEREAS, Hepatitis A is contracted primarily through


     1  contaminated food or water; and
     2     WHEREAS, Hepatitis C is the leading reason for liver
     3  transplantation and now exceeds HIV/AIDS by a 5 to 1 ratio; and
     4     WHEREAS, On average, two people are diagnosed with hepatitis-
     5  related liver disease and two people die from liver cancer each
     6  day in the United States; and
     7     WHEREAS, The World Health Organization has characterized
     8  hepatitis B and hepatitis C as diseases of primary concern for
     9  humanity; and
    10     WHEREAS, Hepatitis A and hepatitis B can easily be prevented
    11  through awareness of transmission routes and through available
    12  vaccines; and
    13     WHEREAS, An estimated 280,000 residents of this Commonwealth
    14  are infected with hepatitis C, and 75% to 85% of these persons
    15  are chronically infected; and
    16     WHEREAS, In the absence of a vaccine for hepatitis C,
    17  emphasis must be placed on other means of disease prevention,
    18  including education of health care workers, emergency services
    19  workers, veterans and the general public; and
    20     WHEREAS, Chronic viral hepatitis is a disease with little or
    21  no public awareness since it is largely asymptomatic until
    22  irreversible liver damage has occurred; and
    23     WHEREAS, In the past year, five new hepatitis screening sites
    24  have opened in this Commonwealth; and
    25     WHEREAS, There remains a need for more hepatitis screening
    26  and testing sites in this Commonwealth; therefore be it
    27     RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the
    28  month of May 2007 as "Hepatitis Awareness Month" in
    29  Pennsylvania; and be it further
    30     RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives encourage State
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     1  agencies, health care providers and residents of this
     2  Commonwealth to learn and educate others about the causes,
     3  symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis, with prevention
     4  being the primary focus among younger Pennsylvanians; and be it
     5  further
     6     RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives encourage State
     7  agencies and health care providers to integrate hepatitis
     8  services with existing services which target similar risks
     9  groups, such as HIV and AIDS targeted populations, and to
    10  connect persons with hepatitis with appropriate care using the
    11  Commonwealth's resource directory.













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