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Canada Proclaims April 29 World Primary Immunodeficiency Day

  • Published: 2011-04-28 (Revised/Updated 2018-03-15) : *Press Release by CI Society
  • Synopsis: The World Health Organization recognizes more than 150 forms of the disease Primary Immunodeficiency.

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Provinces and major cities across Canada proclaim April 29 World Primary Immunodeficiency Day.

The World Health Organization recognizes more than 150 forms of the disease Primary Immunodeficiency (PI). PI refers to the genetic condition of a person born with a broken or missing immune system.

The immune system guards the body from infections.

PI affects an estimated 13,000 Canadians, over 50% of whom go undiagnosed and are exposed to increased suffering, physical disability, life threatening illness and even death. The good news is that if diagnosed in time and treated, individuals with a PI can lead a normal life. Diagnosis starts with recognition of the 10 Warning Signs.

"We are honoured to have governments across Canada recognize the impact Primary Immunodeficiency has on our population and the need for greater awareness." said Richard Thompson, Executive Director for the Canadian Immunodeficiency Society.

The Canadian Immunodeficiency Society (CI Society) is a national registered charity that provides patient support, education and research into a cure for Primary Immunodeficiency. For more information or to make a donation visit

Primary Immunodeficiency can break families apart. The CI Society is working to hold families together.


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