Texas Surf Resort Temporarily Closes After Man Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba

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A photo of Fabrizio Stabile.

The Waco Tribune-Herald released a story about a case of brain-eating amoeba that claimed the life of someone after they have gone to the BSR Surf Resort.

This typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers.

A New Jersey man has died after contracting what is commonly referred to as a "brain-eating amoeba" at a Texas water park.

The 29-year-old from the Jersey beach town of Ventnor fell ill after visiting a wave pool at BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco last month.

The surfer started experiencing symptoms when he returned to his home in Atlantic County.

The GoFundMe page announcing the death of Fabrizio Stabile, 29, of Ventnor, N.J., one town over from Atlantic City, indicated that Stabile suddenly came down with a severe headache while mowing his lawn on September 16 and died on September 21. Thinking that it was a normal headache, he took a medicine and slept through the night. Stabile tried to sleep it off, but the ailment wouldn't go away. On the same day, he could not get out of bed. His mother called 911 and he was rushed to Atlantic City Medical Center.

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Stabile was sedated after showing symptoms - brain swelling and a fever - consistent with bacterial meningitis but didn't respond to treatment. "By the time Fabrizio was diagnosed, it was too late to administer the drug that had previously been provided to three of the only five known survivors in North America".

Fabrizio Stabile, 29, died September 21, according to his obituary.

Naegleria Fowleri is especially unsafe, proving fatal 97 percent of the time according to the CDC. In rare cases, the amoeba has been found in inadequately chlorinated swimming pools and even tap water. Once it reaches the brain it causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which is often fatal.

"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.

Infections can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose.

He said the surf resort, which operates an artificial man-made wave, is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

A GoFundMe page has been created by Stabile's family and friends to help bring awareness to the rare but preventable infection.

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