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SR-59 (2017-2018)

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Enrolled  September 07, 2017
Passed  IN  Senate  September 05, 2017


Senate Resolution No. 59

Introduced by Senator Dodd

August 30, 2017

Relative to Latex Allergy Awareness Week


SR 59, Dodd.

WHEREAS, Latex allergy patients face a constant threat to their lives from exposure to rubber latex allergens; reactions can be elicited by touching a product containing natural rubber latex, breathing airborne latex proteins, or digesting food prepared using latex gloves; and
WHEREAS, The incidence of latex allergies has increased due to widespread exposure to products containing latex; and
WHEREAS, Up to 6 percent of people in the United States are estimated to have latex allergies, including up to 17 percent of health care and food service workers, 11 percent of the elderly, and up to 68 percent of children with spina bifida; and
WHEREAS, Exposure to natural rubber latex results in up to 10 deaths per year in the community of latex allergy patients and is the second most common cause of anaphylaxis in the operating room; and
WHEREAS, Patients with a latex allergy may also experience allergic symptoms when eating certain fruits, vegetables, and nuts, including, among other things, banana, avocado, kiwi, tomato, carrot, and chestnut; and
WHEREAS, There is no cure for a latex allergy, and every exposure increases the sensitivity and severity of the patient’s condition, with distress and rebound reactions for days after exposure; and
WHEREAS, Latex allergies can only be prevented by avoiding all latex-related products, which can be found at homes, child care centers, stores, schools, workplaces, and health care environments, among other places; and
WHEREAS, Natural rubber is found in over 40,000 products, including, but not limited to, hair accessories, toys, balloons, school and office supplies, sports equipment, and medical devices, resulting in a daily struggle for latex allergy patients to balance life and work with staying safe and healthy; and
WHEREAS, Latex allergies result in a growing number of workers’ compensation claims arising from workplace exposure to products containing natural rubber latex; and
WHEREAS, The Allergy and Asthma Network creates awareness of latex allergies through education and provides support to individuals who have been diagnosed with a latex allergy; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate hereby proclaims the week of October 1, 2017, through October 7, 2017, as Latex Allergy Awareness Week in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Senate encourages all Californians to be informed about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of latex allergies; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.