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CDC investigating 'brain eating amoeba' at surf resort in Waco

03 October 2018, 02:00 | Melissa Porter

CDC investigating 'brain eating amoeba' at surf resort in Waco

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

Fabrizio Stabile, a 29-year-old from New Jersey, died September 21 after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly amoeba.

An artist's rendering of the newly opened wave pool at BSR Cable Park Surf Resort, in Waco, where Stabile is feared to have picked up the brain-eating amoeba that killed him (Picture: BSR Cable Park Surf Resort) Naegleria fowleri pictured under a microscope.

Parsons said his resort's wave pool is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

Stabile, an avid outdoorsman, came down with a sudden severe headache while mowing his lawn September 16, according to a GoFundMe page. Stabile's headache, fever, confusion, and brain swelling all pointed to some type of bacterial meningitis - a severe and often life-threatening inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain. The organizations statistics indicate that since 1962 there have been 143 confirmed cases, of which only four people survived.

The infection has a 97 percent fatality rate, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

BSR Cable Park closed Friday while the CDC conducted tests for Naegleria fowleri.

The CDC says that it isn't possible to contract Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water.

Stabille's cerebrospinal fluid tested positive for the infection, but it was too late to administer the drug, according to the GoFundMe Page.

She said she didn't know when Stabile was at the park.

He added: '"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time".

Stabile's family have launched a GoFundMe for the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness, in hopes of educating more people about the infection. Once it reaches the brain it causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is often fatal.

In light of Stabile's death, officials at the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District are troubleshooting to find the source of the amoeba.

The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, ponds and canals.

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