Fabry Disease Awareness Month 2016


WHEREAS, Fabry disease is a rare and potentially life-threatening genetic disorder that causes children and adults to suffer symptoms such as pain, inability to perspire, unexplained fevers, intolerance to heat and exercise, chronic gastrointestinal upset, fatigue, anxiety, and depression; and

WHEREAS, Fabry disease is caused by a deficiency of the enzyme alpha-galactosidase-A, which breaks down fats and carbohydrates; and

WHEREAS, the deficiency of the enzyme causes fats and carbohydrates to accumulate in organs leading to impairment of their proper function; and

WHEREAS, Fabry disease can lead to serious problems including hearing loss, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, and other symptoms, and often causes premature death in adults from heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure; and

WHEREAS, health care providers and families should be aware of Fabry disease symptoms and should know that, if suspected, enzyme assay tests for males and molecular DNA tests for females can confirm this treatable disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2016 as FABRY DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.