Resolution J1583-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare May 2013, as Hepatitis C Awareness Month in the State of New York

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  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 30, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare
May 2013, as Hepatitis C Awareness Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS,  Hepatitis  is  a known public health threat and is known to be
caused by many viruses; and
  WHEREAS, Chronic viral hepatitis due to Hepatitis C has been a disease
that has little or no public awareness due to its nature as being large-
ly asymptomatic until irreversible liver damage has occurred; and
  WHEREAS, Hepatitis C currently infects nearly four million  Americans,
including  an  estimated 158,000 New Yorkers, and there are about 30,000
new cases and approximately  10,000  deaths  each  year  in  the  United
States; and
  WHEREAS,  The  consequences  of  Hepatitis  C  cost approximately $7.5
million per 100,000 people; and
  WHEREAS, Hepatitis C is largely nonreported and the  public  is  unin-
formed about the virus; and
  WHEREAS, In the absence of a vaccine for Hepatitis C, emphasis must be
placed  on  other  means  of  disease prevention, including education of
health care workers, emergency services workers, veterans and the gener-
al public; and
  WHEREAS, Hepatitis C has been characterized by the World Health Organ-
ization as a disease of primary concern to humanity; now, therefore,  be
it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare May 2013, as Hepatitis C
Awareness Month in the State of New York, and to urge  the  citizens  of
this  great  Empire State to learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnoses
and treatments for Hepatitis C; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New
York.

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