Commonwealth of Massachusetts
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is a genetic condition that can cause liver disease in both adults and children; and
Whereas According to the Alpha-1 Assocation 100,000 people in the United States are affected by Alpha-1. Unfortunately, less than 10% of those people have been properly diagnosed; and
Whereas Alpha-1 is commonly misdiagnosed as asthma or smoking-related Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and according to a recent study, it takes an average of three doctors and seven years from the time symptoms first appear before proper diagnosis is made; and
Whereas Common signs and symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, non-responsive asthma or year-round allergies and recurring respiratory infections; and
Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim November 2012, to be,
ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN DEFICIENCY AWARENESS MONTH
And urge all citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-fifth day of October, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts