Man killed by ‘brain-eating amoeba’ after swimming in Texas wave pool

Man killed by ‘brain-eating amoeba’ after swimming in Texas wave pool

This week, Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile, a New Jersey surfer, was reported to have died in late September after visiting BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco, Texas.

Fabrizio Stabile, from Ventnor, started experiencing a severe headache on September 16 and by the next day he could not move or speak, according to a GoFundMe page set up in his memory. The 29-year-old surfer died after dipping in a wave pool in Waco, Texas.

Stabile's family has issued an obituary, which described him as someone who loves snowboarding, surfing and fishing.

The CDC says Naegleria fowleri is often found in warm freshwater.

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Fabrizio Stabile tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but deadly amoeba that typically thrives in fresh warm water. One other person who visited the water park has also reportedly been infected by the amoeba.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr told the Waco Tribune-Herald.

"Under pressure, the park shuttered the water feature for almost two months and a federal epidemiologist found that filtration and disinfection systems were inadequate to properly clean the facility's turbid waters", the newspaper reported. Four out of 143 known infected individuals in the U.S.in the past 55 years have survived.

Craine said BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort voluntarily closed as health officials investigate. From there, the amoeba can travel to the brain, where it causes a severe inflammatory condition called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM.

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His family is asking for donations to the Swim Above Amoeba Awareness Foundation in his memory.

Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of balance and seizures. He said the surf resort is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

"After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within about 5 days (range 1 to 12 days)", the agency said. Swallowing water contaminated by the amoeba can not cause the infection.

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