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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2019 12:04 PM
From: Representative Maria P. Donatucci
To: All House members
Subject: Designating January 26, 2019, as “Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day”
Kawasaki disease is a serious illness that primarily affects young children and is characterized by the inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body, fever and rash. Approximately 75% of Kawasaki disease patients are under five years of age and, if left untreated, affected children are at risk of developing heart disease. Unfortunately, the precise cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown.

Kawasaki disease is underdiagnosed due to lack of awareness of the disease among the public and health care professionals. It is crucial that more people be informed of this severe condition, as early treatment following the appearance of symptoms is important in reducing the likelihood of associated complications. It is for these reasons that I am introducing a resolution designating January 26, 2019, as “Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution in an effort to recognize the importance of properly diagnosing and treating cases of Kawasaki disease.

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Introduced as HR41