Surfer Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba After Swimming in Texas

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Surfer Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba After Swimming in Texas

Frabrizio Stabile, of Ventor, New Jersey, died on September 21, days after visiting BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco, Texas.

Three of those survivors were treated with drug therapy, but in Stabile's case it was too late to administer the medication.

There have been no reports of other illnesses, and Naegleria fowleri infection does not spread from person to person.

Finally, on September 20, "Fabrizio's cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) tested positive for the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, which caused a rare infection that has only been diagnosed 143 times in the United States in the last 55 years". "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Stabile family". "Even so, this drug is not easily accessible", Stabile's friend wrote.

Fabrizio Stabile, of Ventor, reportedly contracted the amoeba from a wave pool at a surf resort in central Texas.

The contaminated water enters swimmers and divers' bodies through the nose, and then travels to the brain where it causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesman Kelly Craine told The Associated Press on Monday that a team from the CDC conducted a range of testing at the facility.

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

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now investigating the case and BSR has voluntarily ceased operation until conclusive results are available. "We hope to have results by the end of the week".

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.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said.

The Naegleria fowleri amoeba is a free-living amoeba found in warm freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers, which feeds on bacteria but can cause a lethal infection in humans.

A GoFundMe page has been set up as The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation, where more than US$22,000 of a $50,000 target has been raised so far.

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