Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

United States surfer dies from 'brain-eating amoeba'

United States surfer dies from 'brain-eating amoeba'

Fabrizio Stabile, 29, visited the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas, where it's suspected he contracted the rare amoeba Naegleria fowleri, an infection so rare it's only been diagnosed 143 times in the United States since 1962. 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 disease causes "primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which destroys brain tissue and causes swelling and death", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Stabile had previously been surfing in the pool - but it is unknown at this time whether he contracted Naegleria Fowleri from the water in the Waco facility. The pain was so severe that he couldn't speak coherently.

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

Naegleria fowleri is a rare and deadly free-living microscopic ameba that is commonly found in warm freshwater lakes and rivers, and soil. Preliminary testing results should be ready later next week.

The owner of the resort, Stuart E. Parsons Jr., said he will comply with requests related to the investigation of Stabile's death, noting the resort is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

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Friend and family members have created a new nonprofit to raise awareness of the amoeba, called "The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness".

Stabile was remembered as an avid outdoors lover who loved to surf and snowboard.

There is still no effective treatment for patients infected with this "brain-eating amoeba". Symptoms of the disease typically begin one to nine days after the amoeba has entered the body, with people dying one to 18 days after symptoms begin.

Stabille's cerebrospinal fluid tested positive for the infection, but it was too late to administer the drug, according to the GoFundMe Page.

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