Volume 6 Number 47 November 20, 2009
WHEREAS, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (AAT Deficiency or Alpha-1) is one of the most common serious hereditary disorders that is widely under-diagnosed and affects an estimated 100,000 Americans and can result in life-threatening liver disease in children and adults or lung disease in adults; and
WHEREAS, an estimated 25 million people in the United States carry a single deficient gene that causes Alpha-1 and may pass the gene on to their children that could result in Emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); and
WHEREAS, Alpha-1 is more prevalent than Cystic Fibrosis and the symptoms of Alpha-1 are shortness of breath at rest or with exercise, wheezing, coughing, repeated lung infections, a history of suspected allergies and/or asthma and a family history of Alpha-1; and
WHEREAS, of the 10% of those predicted to have Alpha-1, it often takes an average of five doctors and seven years from the time symptoms appear before proper diagnosis is made which can be done using a simple blood test; and
WHEREAS, many Americans are undetected carriers of the abnormal gene that causes Alpha-1 and it is important to increase awareness and detection of this serious hereditary disorder and The World Health Organization recommends that all individuals with COPD be tested for Alpha-1; and
WHEREAS, during the month of May, 2010, a nationwide awareness campaign will take place to educate the public as well as our medical community on Alpha-1 and detection and treatment for those affected by this condition.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida do hereby proclaim November, 2009, as
ALPHA-1 AWARENESS MONTH
in the State of Florida and remind citizens if they suspect they have Alpha-1 or COPD to be tested.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida support the nationwide campaign.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida have hereunto subscribed their names and have caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee on this 17th day of November, 2009.