Man Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba He Contracted At A Wave Pool

The BSR Surf Resort voluntarily closed down its wave pool after a surfer infected with Naegleria fowleri died since visiting the park. CDC is working to determine the source of the amoeba

The stir began last month, when New Jersey's Fabrizio Stabile visited a Texas wave pool and tragically ingested the deadly amoeba.

According to officials, Fabrizio Stabile, who recently visited the BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort died from Naegleria fowleri, which is a rare brain-eating organism.

Stabile was mowing his lawn on September 16, when he experienced a severe headache and went to lie down, family friend Stephanie Papastephanou wrote on GoFundMe. 30 out of the 34 brain-eating amoeba cases reported between 2008 and 2017 were caused by recreational water.

Known to family and friends as "Fab", his love for the outdoors led Stabile to work for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops, his obituary read. He died at a hospital in Atlantic City on September 21.

A person can not become infected by drinking water contaminated with N. fowleri, the CDC says.

The amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, is typically seen in fresh water. People are usually infected when contaminated water enters the body through the nose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The disease, according to the CDC, is nearly always fatal, with only four people out of 143 cases have survived the infection.

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"BSR Surf Resort operates a state of the art artificial man-made wave", he said.

It can be found in freshwater in warmer climates, from hot springs to rivers and lakes.

The BSR Surf Resort will stay closed until the results come back from the investigation. On their site, the people from the CDC say that "four people in the USA out of 143 have survived infection from 1962 to 2017".

In the wake of Stabile's death, his family has created The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness to educate others about the rare and preventable infection. Very rarely has it been discovered in poorly chlorinated swimming pools and contaminated tap water.

Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of balance and seizures. After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly.

A person can be contaminated with the amoeba while swimming or diving.

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