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New Jersey man dies after contracting brain-eating parasite

New Jersey man dies after contracting brain-eating parasite

It is believed he contracted the ferocious brain-eating amoeba after visiting BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco, Texas.

Tests came back on September 20, showing Stabile tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that typically occurs in warm fresh water and that had caused a rare infection.

The Waco McLennan County Public Health District said that the CDC tested water at BSR and that results from the test would come out later this week. 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). Doctors determined he had been infected by Naegleria fowleri - commonly known as the "brain-eating amoeba" - which has a fatality rate of 97 percent.

Fabrizio Stabile, 29, died September 21, according to his obituary.

Doctors first thought he was suffering from meningitis, but tests revealed he had Naegleria fowleri the day before his death, when it was too late to treat the infection.




Naegleria Fowleri is especially risky, proving fatal 97 percent of the time according to the CDC. Results from the investigation are expected to be ready next week.

As for the resort, owner Stuart Parson voluntarily closed the park on Friday.

Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of balance and seizures. 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.

He also said he and his workers' "hearts and prayers" are with family and friends of Stabile and the New Jersey surf community. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave".

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now investigating the case and BSR has voluntarily ceased operation until conclusive results are available. He said the surf resort is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".


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