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WHEREAS, Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is the sudden and unexpected death of a child over the age of 12 months which remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation is conducted, including the performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the child's medical history; and

WHEREAS, each year, there are approximately 400 cases of SUDC in the United States, including more than 200 children younger than 5, who die without any clear cause or explanation; and

WHEREAS, while less common than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which occurs before the first birthday, SUDC is an important health concern deserving of increased public awareness and research; and

WHEREAS, SUDC is the fifth leading cause of death among toddlers and there is no way to prevent SUDC as its cause is unknown, and it is hoped that future research will identify means by which SUDC can be prevented; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the dedicated efforts of organizations, medical professionals and volunteers that are working to better understand the causes of sudden unexplained death, improve the health of infants and children, and provide much needed hope and support for families grieving the heartbreaking sudden unexplained death of a child; and

WHEREAS, Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Awareness Month provides an opportunity to honor the memory of the young lives that ended too soon, show encouragement and support for the families and loved ones forever devastated by their loss, and increase public awareness of SUDC and the ongoing search for answers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  March 2018 as

 Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Awareness Month in Nevada

 

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