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WHEREAS, as many as 15 million Americans have food allergies and nearly 6 million are under the age of 18; and

WHEREAS, research shows that the prevalence of food allergy is increasing among children, with this disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the United States; and

WHEREAS, eight foods cause the majority of all food allergy reactions in the U.S., shellfish,fish, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, and wheat, and symptoms of a food-allergic reaction can include hives, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory distress, and swelling of the throat; and

WHEREAS, food allergy results in more than 200,000 emergency department visits nationwide each year and reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and

WHEREAS,  there is no cure for a food allergy, and a strict avoidance of the offending food is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction; and

WHEREAS, anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death; and

WHEREAS, Food Allergy Awareness Week is an opportunity to provide information and increase understanding of food allergies and anaphylaxis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  May 14-20, 2017 as

 Food Allergy Awareness Week in Nevada

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval & Barbara Cegaske