Fabry Disease Awareness Month


WHEREAS, fabry disease is a rare and potentially life-threatening genetic disorder that causes children and adults to suffer many 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 or their proper function; and

WHEREAS, fabry disease is estimated to occur in about 1 in 40,000 – 60,000 males, with a less frequent and milder late onset in females; and

WHEREAS, fabry disease can lead to more serious problems including hearing loss, lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease, and other symptoms, and often causes premature death in adults due to 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, an enzyme assay test for males and molecular DNA test for females can confirm this treatable disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize April 2015 as FABRY DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.