New Jersey Man Dies from 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba

New Jersey Man Dies from 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba

New Jersey Man Dies from 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba

The BSR Surf Resort in Waco, Texas has temporarily shut its doors after a surfer from New Jersey died as a result of complications from Naegleria fowleri, which is often referred to as a "brain-eating amoeba".

A New Jersey man has been killed by a brain-eating parasite he may have contracted at a wave pool in Texas, reports claim.

Page organizer Stephanie Papastephanou wrote that while Stabile was mowing his lawn on the afternoon of Sunday September 16, he suddenly experienced a severe headache and went to lie down.

Twenty-nine-year-old Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile passed away at the Atlantic City Medical Center on Friday, September 21 after a brief fight with the bug.

The amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, is typically seen in fresh water.

Park owner Stuart Parsons told the Waco Tribune-Herald that the facility closed for testing Friday, and that Stabile had only used its wave pool during his visit at an unspecified date. Later symptoms include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention, hallucinations, loss of balance and seizures.

Four days after the initial symptoms appeared, Stabile's family received the devastating news that he had tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, an extremely rare brain-eating amoeba that kills 98 percent of infected persons.

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

"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.

The disease, according to the CDC, is nearly always fatal, with only four people out of 143 cases have survived the infection.

The surf park where Stabile is suspected to have contracted the infection.

In a statement it said: "CDC is testing water samples for Naegleria fowleri and will be working with the health department on recommendations to provide the facility on how to reduce potential exposures. He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family", his obituary reads. "Overall he had a keen love for fishing", the post said.

The surf resort has closed pending the test results from the CDC, he said.

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