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NO. R-214.  Joint resolution designating May 12, 2005 as Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Awareness Day.


Offered by:  Representatives Larson of Burlington, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Branagan of Georgia, Heath of Westford, Hunt of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Kiss of Burlington, Klein of East Montpelier, Marron of Stowe, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Miller of Shaftsbury, Monti of Barre City, Nuovo of Middlebury, Perry of Richford, Pugh of S. Burlington, Seibert of Norwich and Sweaney of Windsor.

Whereas, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), also know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is a complex illness affecting many different body systems, and

Whereas, the symptoms include neurological, rheumatological, and immunological problems, incapacitating fatigue, and numerous other physical difficulties that can last for extended periods of time and severely debilitate an individual, and

Whereas, conservative estimates suggest that close to one million American adults and children have CFIDS, and

Whereas, it is imperative that education and training of health professionals regarding CFIDS be expanded and greater public awareness of this serious health problem be developed, and

Whereas, although increased educational and training activity has occurred at the national, state, and local levels, more must be done to support parents and their afflicted children, and

Whereas, although research efforts at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and private research institutions have increased, the available medical knowledge the Vermont CFIDS Association recognizes, as does the CFIDS Association of America that much more research is necessary “to conquer CFIDS and related disorders," now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates May 12, 2005 as Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Awareness Day and recognizes the outstanding efforts of those individuals battling this illness, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont CFIDS Association.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont