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WHEREAS, Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD) is a rare, relatively unknown, life-threatening autoimmune disease syndrome that primarily affects a person’s optic nerves and the spinal cord; and

WHEREAS, NMOSD attacks the central nervous system and can cause permanent disability, including blindness and paralysis; and

WHEREAS, currently there are only three FDA-approved treatments for NMOSD, and there is no cure for the disease; and

WHEREAS, NMOSD is often misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis and when mistaken for this or other diseases, incorrect treatments can exacerbate the symptoms for a person with NMOSD; and

WHEREAS, increased awareness of NMOSD has allowed doctors to become more likely to recognize the varying manifestations of the disease, and more accurately assess a patient’s needs; and

WHEREAS, the Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder community in Nevada is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about this disease in order to promote research, improve patient care and outcomes, and ultimately find a cure for this debilitating disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the month of March 2022, as

NEUROMYELITIS OPTICA SPECTRUM DISORDER AWARENESS MONTH IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 7th day of February, 2022

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