Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Water park closes after surfer dies from 'brain-eating' bacteria

Water park closes after surfer dies from 'brain-eating' bacteria

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

Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile, 29, of Ventnor, N.J., died September 21 - five days after complaining of a severe, sudden headache.

It's unclear if the park remained closed Sunday morning and the CDC did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' call seeking information on whether others who visited could have Naegleria fowleri.

Per WFAA, the BSR Surf Resort in Waco chose to close down its wave pool while the CDC tests the water for the microbe, whose scientific name is Naegleria fowleri.

An artist's rendering of the newly opened wave pool at BSR Cable Park Surf Resort, in Waco, where Stabile is feared to have picked up the brain-eating amoeba that killed him (Picture: BSR Cable Park Surf Resort) Naegleria fowleri pictured under a microscope.

"Preliminary testing results should be ready later this week". The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, ponds and canals.

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But the infection is very rare, and according to the CDC, there have been about 35 cases reported in the U.S.in the last decade.

He was diagnosed with the deadly bug the day before he died.

In a statement, Stuart Parsons Jr., the owner of BSR Cable Park, said his "hearts and prayers" are with Stabile's family.

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. Normally, people are infected when contaminated water enters through their nose, according to the agency.

Of the 34 cases reported in the United States between 2008 and 2017, 30 people had been infected by recreational water, three people were infected after performing nasal irrigation using contaminated tap water, and one person was infected by contaminated tap water used on a backyard water toy. The organizations statistics indicate that since 1962 there have been 143 confirmed cases, of which only four people survived.

"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", the GoFundMe page said.

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