Surfer dies after contracting deadly brain-eating amoeba

Waco Wavepool Closed While CDC Tests for “Brain Eating Amoeba”

A surf resort in Waco, Texas, has closed temporarily a week after a surfer contracted Naegleria fowleri, known as brain-eating amoeba.

BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort is closed while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tests for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly amoeba, CBS affiliate KBTX-TV reports.

Stabile, an avid outdoorsman, came down with a sudden severe headache while mowing his lawn September 16, according to a GoFundMe page.

The agency is testing for Naegleria fowleri, colloquially known as a "brain-eating amoeba".

Stabile was immediately rushed to the hospital in Pleasantville, New Jersey, where doctors first believed his brain swelling and fever symptoms were caused by bacterial meningitis.

The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that it is testing the waters at BSR Cable Park Surf Resort, in Waco, Tx., amid fears Stabile contracted the illness there. The CDC notes that, on average, death occurs within one to 18 days of initial symptoms.

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According to the CDC, Naegleria fowleri infections are rare, with just 34 reported between 2008 and 2017. Other symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations.

Parsons said his resort's wave pool is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

He died five days later and tested positive for Naegleria fowleri the day before his death, his family said.

Infections most typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater, but in "very rare instances", it can also occur in contaminated water from sources such as "inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water". He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave".

He had a keen love for fishing, which led him to work for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops.

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