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WHEREAS, necrotizing fasciitis is a rare, but potentially fatal infection involving the subcutaneous tissue and fascia; and
WHEREAS, necrotizing fasciitis was first described in medical literature in 1884 by Jean Alfred Fournier; and
WHEREAS, necrotizing fasciitis can occur at any age; and
WHEREAS, the most common causes of necrotizing fasciitis are group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus; and
WHEREAS, some precipitating factors may include recent surgical procedures; as well as diabetes mellitus, atherosclerotic vascular disease, malignancy, and hypertension; and
WHEREAS, in rare occasions, necrotizing fasciitis may occur in apparently healthy individuals following falls, cuts, tears, or minor injuries to the skin; and
WHEREAS, the most common sites for necrotizing fasciitis include the abdomen, arms, legs, extremities, and face, particularly around the eyes; and
WHEREAS, while progress has been made in understanding the symptoms and better diagnosing the disease, there is still much to learn about necrotizing fasciitis; and
WHEREAS, Necrotizing Fasciitis Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness, improve medical treatment, and support research efforts for necrotizing fasciitis;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2018 as NECROTIZING FASCIITIS AWARENESS MONTH and May 31, 2018 as NECROTIZING FASCIITIS AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.