Man dies from rare ‘brain-eating amoeba’ after visiting Texas surf resort

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 By Chas Smith
6 hours ago

Tragedy Waco Tank closed as CDC tests for “brain eating amoeba.” By Chas Smith 6 hours ago

A surf park in Waco has closed for testing after a New Jersey man died earlier this month from a rare brain infection caused by an amoeba.

Multiple reports confirm that he had returned home from a visit to the BSR Cable Park Surf Resort several days prior.

Naegleria fowleri is a deadly brain-eating amoeba-and not the kind of thing you want to come in contact with.

Stabile noticed something was wrong September 16 while mowing the lawn when a painful headache forced him to lie down. The CDC notes that, on average, death occurs within one to 18 days of initial symptoms. However, such as in the case of Stabile, Naegleria fowleri can be contracted when contaminated water enters the body through the nose, either in a chlorinated swimming pool water or if one uses contaminated tap water to rinse their sinuses. He said the surf resort, which operates an artificial man-made wave, is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said the parks' "hearts and prayers" were with the "family, friends and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time".

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

The waterpark voluntarily closed Friday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention test its waters, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson Kelly Craine told the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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Officials at the CDC, meanwhile, are investigating the water at the BSR Cable Park, reported KBTX.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said.

Friend and family members have created a new nonprofit to raise awareness of the amoeba, called "The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness".

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

Only four people of the 143 infected with the amoeba in the United States between 1962 and 2017 have survived. The infection can not be spread from one person to another.

He had a keen love for fishing, which led him to work for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops.

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