Man dies of 'brain-eating amoeba' at surf resort in Texas

The BSR Surf Resort voluntarily closed down its wave pool after a surfer infected with Naegleria fowleri died since visiting the park. CDC is working to determine the source of the amoeba

A 29-year-old surfer, Fabrizio Stabile, who recently visited a Waco, Texas, resort has died from what is commonly referred to as a "brain-eating amoeba". After returning home to New Jersey, Stabile died on September 21 due to amoeba that can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain.

"The CDC collected water samples and are now investigating to find the source", Kelly Craine, a Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson, told KBTX Sunday.

CDC spokesperson Candice Burns Hoffmann said that preliminary test results should be ready next week and will provide recommendations to BSR Surf Resort for reducing potential exposures in the future, as reported by the Waco Tribune-Herald.

The contaminated water enters swimmers and divers' bodies through the nose, and then travels to the brain where it causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

You can not be infected with Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water and the amoeba is not found in salt water. He took a turn for the worst the next day and was rushed to the emergency room, unable to speak coherently.

Stabile was remembered as an avid outdoors lover who loved to surf and snowboard.

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Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea or vomiting and come on within one to nine days after infection, the CDC said.

Naegleria fowleri infections are not all that common, but with a fatality rate over 97%, Naegleria fowleri survivors are extremely rare.

Stuart Parsons, the park owner, said in a statement that it will remain closed until the testing is completed.

This typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said in a statement. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state of the art artificial man-made wave".

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now investigating the case and BSR has voluntarily ceased operation until conclusive results are available.

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