Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response • Have you downloaded COVIDWISE, Virginia's COVID-19 exposure notification app? Add your phone to the fight here. For up-to-date information, assistance, and resources from across state government, click here.
WHEREAS, Fabry disease is an inherited disorder that results from the buildup of globotriasylceramide (a particular type of fat) in the body’s cells; and
WHEREAS, Fabry disease is caused by deficient activity of the lysosomal enzyme alpha-galactosidase A that results in buildup of lipids in the body causing cell and organ damage; and
WHEREAS, symptoms of Fabry disease include pain, particularly in the hands and feet, clusters of small, dark red spots on the skin called angiokeratomas, a decreased ability to sweat, cloudiness or streaks in the front part of the eye, problems with the gastrointestinal system, ringing in the ears, and hearing loss; and
WHEREAS, Fabry disease also involves potentially life-threatening complications such as progressive kidney damage, heart attack, and stroke; and
WHEREAS, Fabry disease affects an estimated 1 in 40,000 to 60,000 males, and although the disorder occurs in females, the prevalence is unknown; and
WHEREAS, there are two approved treatments available but because the disease is severely under-diagnosed, many people live without an accurate diagnosis or opportunity for treatment until after irreversible organ damage occurs; and
WHEREAS, health care providers and families should be aware of the many Fabry disease symptoms and if warranted, obtain a GLA gene test that can definitively assess the presence of this treatable disorder;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 2020 as FABRY DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.