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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Asthma is a chronic disease without a cure that effects an estimated 22 million Americans; 6.5 million are under 18 and one in ten children and adults in Massachusetts have asthma; and
Whereas Adult asthma prevalence is on the rise and childhood asthma is a leading cause of school absences and emergency room visits for children in Massachusetts and kills 4,000 people a year nationwide; and
Whereas The development of asthma has been linked to air pollution, allergies, environmental factors, genetics and respiratory infections and weather such as extremely dry, wet or windy weather can worsen an asthma condition; and
Whereas Asthma can be managed best with increased knowledge which includes monitoring the disease with a peak flow meter, identifying and avoiding allergen triggers, using drug therapies including bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory agents, and developing an emergency plan for severe attacks,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2013, to be,
ASTHMA AWARNESS DAY
And urge all the 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-third day of April, in the year two thousand and thirteen, 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