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

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Fabrizio Stabile, a 29-year-old from New Jersey, died September 21 after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly amoeba. The 29-year-old man died in New Jersey earlier this month after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri.

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

Kelly Craine, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson said, "The CDC collected water samples and are now investigating to find the source".

Ten days later, Naegleria fowleri was also detected in a Louisiana water system near Shreveport on September 26, according to KTBS.

People usually get it when contaminated water gets in their nose and travels to the brain.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said. The CDC notes that the disease usually causes death within about five days of the start of symptoms.

Naegleria Fowleri is especially risky, proving fatal 97 percent of the time according to the CDC.

Fabrizio Stabile he died from Naegleria fowleri after visiting BSR Surf Resort
Texas surf park closes after man dies from rare 'brain-eating amoeba'

The water park's owner has said he will comply with further requests relating to the investigation. He later died of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis caused by the amoeba.

According to the Associated Press, Fabrizio Stabile had visited BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort soon before his death. In his memory, his family is asking for donations to the Swim Above Water Amoeba Awareness Foundation which aims to bring awareness to the disease. Later symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations.

N. fowleri infections are extremely rare: From 1962 to 2017, 143 cases were reported in the US, according to the CDC.

'We are in compliance with the CDC guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri'.

Doctors are not sure how or why a very few people are susceptible, but it's clear that having water forced up into the sinuses, perhaps by dunking or diving, is an important factor.

The 143 cases reported in the United States from 1962 through 2017 - with only four survivors - happened in 15 Southern states, with more than half reported in Texas and Florida, the CDC says.

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