February 19, 2019

New Jersey man dies after contracting brain-eating parasite

03 October 2018, 02:00 | Randall Craig

Texas surf park closes after man dies from rare 'brain-eating amoeba'

Waco Wavepool Closed While CDC Tests for “Brain Eating Amoeba”

A "brain-eating amoeba" infection is the suspected cause of death for a 29-year-old New Jersey man who died after visiting a Texas water park, according to his family.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now investigating the source of the "brain-eating amoeba" that killed the surfer.

Naegleria fowleri can not be contracted by swallowing contaminated water, according to the CDC.

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. 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. The federal agency says only four of the 143 people known to have been infected in the USA between 1962 and 2017 have survived.

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

"When his mother went to check on him in the early afternoon, Fabrizio could not get out of bed and could not speak coherently".

Stabile, known as "Fab", was a keen outdoors lover who had a passion for fishing, surfing and snowboarding, his obituary in the Press of Atlantic City said. He underwent more tests until he tested positive for nagleria fowleri, which has a 98 percent fatality rate.

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said it will continue to comply with requests related to the investigation of Fabrizio Stabile's death.

Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of balance and seizures.

Stabile, whose family said he was an avid outdoorsman who loved to surf, had been at the park on vacation.

It's unclear if the park remained closed Sunday morning. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave".

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