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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; 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 each year, and reactions typically occur when an individual unknowingly eats a food containing an ingredient to which they are allergic; and

WHEREAS, the number of food allergy reactions requiring emergency treatment has increased over the past decade, with a 377 percent rise in medical procedures associated with anaphylaxis caused by food; and

WHEREAS, there is no cure for food allergy, and 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, this week is an opportunity for Nevadans to increase their understanding and awareness of food allergies and anaphylaxis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  the week of May 13 – 19, 2018 as

 FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS WEEK IN NEVADA

 

 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske and Wayne Thorley