January 26, 2011 - Issue: Vol. 157, No. 11 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 1st Session
SENATE RESOLUTION 27--DESIGNATING JANUARY 26, 2011, AS ``NATIONAL KAWASAKI DISEASE AWARENESS DAY''; Congressional Record Vol. 157, No. 11
(Senate - January 26, 2011)
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[Page S291] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE RESOLUTION 27--DESIGNATING JANUARY 26, 2011, AS ``NATIONAL KAWASAKI DISEASE AWARENESS DAY'' Mr. WEBB submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary: S. Res. 27 Whereas Kawasaki disease is a serious illness characterized by the inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body; Whereas symptoms of Kawasaki disease include fever, rash, swelling, irritation, redness of the whites of the eyes, and inflammation of the mouth, lips, and throat; Whereas Kawasaki disease primarily affects young children and is a leading cause of acquired heart disease in the United States; Whereas the Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 2006 approximately 5,500 individuals with Kawasaki disease were hospitalized in the United States; Whereas Kawasaki disease affects children of all races, but occurs most often in children of Asian and Pacific Island descent; Whereas the cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown; Whereas Kawasaki disease can usually be treated if diagnosed promptly, but can cause major health problems or even death if left untreated; Whereas there is no test to definitively diagnose cases of Kawasaki disease; Whereas a lack of awareness among health professionals and the public may contribute to the underdiagnosis of Kawasaki disease; and Whereas on January 26, 1961, Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki saw his first patient who suffered from what would later be termed Kawasaki disease: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates January 26, 2011, as ``National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day''; (2) recognizes the importance of awareness in diagnosing and properly treating cases of Kawasaki disease; (3) urges all people of the United States to educate themselves about Kawasaki disease and the signs and symptoms of Kawasaki disease; and (4) encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities. ____________________