Surfer dies from brain eating amoeba after visiting Waco, Texas, resort

04 October, 2018, 13:30 | Author: Joshua Bennett
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A New Jersey resident has reportedly been infected by the "brain-eating amoeba", Naegleria fowleri while surfing in a wave pool at BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco, Texas, according to a Waco Tribune-Herald report.

Stabile returned to New Jersey and began suffering from a headache on September 16, according to the family's GoFundMe page. Stabile, of Ventnor, died September 21 at the Atlantic City Medical Center, according to his obituary in the Press of Atlantic City, after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri.

The surfer who passed away was Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile from New Jersey.

According to the CDC's online information, Naegleria fowleri typically infects people through contaminated water in lakes, rivers or streams and usually enters the body through the nose.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said in a statement. It takes an average of five days for symptoms to appear exposure, with headache, fever and nausea the main symptoms. If water containing the amoeba goes up the nose, it can cause an infection that is fatal 97 percent of the time.


She said didn't know when Stabile was at the park. Very rarely has it been discovered in poorly chlorinated swimming pools and contaminated tap water. From there, the amoeba can travel to the brain, where it causes a severe inflammatory condition called primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM.

The surf park voluntarily closed on Friday pending a CDC investigation, reported local media, and is complying with local health departments.

His family is asking for donations to the Swim Above Amoeba Awareness Foundation in his memory. Later symptoms include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention, hallucinations, loss of balance and seizures. On their site, the people from the CDC say that "four people in the US out of 143 have survived infection from 1962 to 2017". People can't get it by swallowing water contaminated with the amoeba, the CDC says.

Officials with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are testing the Waco surf resort's water for Naegleria fowleri, KBTX reported.

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