Surfer dies after contracting deadly brain-eating amoeba

04 October, 2018, 13:32 | Author: Judith Dennis
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A surf park in Waco has closed for testing after a New Jersey man died earlier this month from a rare brain infection caused by an amoeba.

A 29-year-old surfer died from what is commonly known as a "brain-eating amoeba" after visiting a resort in Waco, Texas.

While mowing the lawn on Sunday, Sept. 16, Stabile experienced a severe headache.

But the "brain-eating amoeba" infections can also occur in inadequately chlorinated swimming pools or heated and contaminated tap water, hot springs, geothermal drinking water, and water heaters.

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

An obituary for Stabile in The Press of Atlantic City describes him as an avid outdoorsman who loved surfing, snowboarding and fishing.

The CDC said Monday it is assisting the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District and the surf resort, which voluntarily closed following Stabile's death, in testing for Naegleria fowleri.

N. fowleri is an amoeba found in warm fresh water, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said contaminated water can enter through the nose and pass through the body.

However, Stuart E. Parsons Jr., the owner of the surf resort, said that they will continue to comply with the investigations. It takes an average of five days for symptoms to appear exposure, with headache, fever and nausea the main symptoms.

According to a GoFundMe page, Stabile contracted naegleria fowleri, which the page says has only been diagnosed 143 times in the U.S.in the last 55 years.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now testing the resort for the rare amoeba, and the park has since voluntarily closed its doors. He later died of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis caused by the amoeba.

In one week, almost $23,000 has been raised to start the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness, according to the GoFundMe page.

N. fowleri infections are extremely rare: From 1962 to 2017, 143 cases were reported in the US, according to the CDC. Other symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations. Swallowing water contaminated by the amoeba can not cause the infection.

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