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Governor proclaims May 11-17 as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Week

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Governor Deval Patrick has issued a proclamation designating May 11-17 as Multiple Sensitivity Awareness Week and is urging citizens to gain a heightened awareness of the condition triggered by exposure to toxic chemicals and other irritants in the environment.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity causes affected individuals to suffer such symptoms as chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pains, rashes, asthma, short-term memory loss, headaches, and other respiratory and neurological problems.

With no known cure, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity has been known to cause major financial, employment, housing, health, and social consequences for affected individuals and families.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is recognized by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Social Security Administration, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency in addition to other state and national agencies and commissions.

The governor’s proclamation asserts that with the necessary support, education and awareness, those suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity can enjoy access to work, schooling, public facilities and other surroundings “where they can continue to contribute their skills, knowledge, and creativity.”

The MNA has been a leader in raising awareness about this important issue, as well as in advocating for occupational health policies to protect workers who are impacted by this condition.