Brain-eating amoeba kills surfer

Stabile Foundation drive on GoFundMe. GoFundMe

Stabile Foundation drive on GoFundMe. GoFundMe

WACO, Texas ― A 29-year-old surfer from New Jersey has died from what is being referred to as a "brain-eating amoeba" after visiting a resort in Waco, Texas.

Fabrizio Stabile, of Ventor, reportedly contracted the amoeba from a wave pool at a surf resort in central Texas.

But the "brain-eating amoeba" infections can also occur in inadequately chlorinated swimming pools or heated and contaminated tap water, hot springs, geothermal drinking water, and water heaters.

"When Stabile returned to New Jersey. he reported a sudden severe headache while mowing the lawn".

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

Stabile tested positive for Naegleria fowleri the day before his death.

The CDC says people are typically infected when they go diving or swimming in warm freshwater places. It most commonly enters the body through the nose, where it travels to the brain causing primary amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

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CDC spokesperson Candice Burns Hoffmann said that preliminary test results should be ready next week and will provide recommendations to BSR Surf Resort for reducing potential exposures in the future, as reported by the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said in a statement.

Stabile, whose family said he was an avid outdoorsman who loved to surf, had been at the park on vacation.

He had a keen love for fishing, which led him to work for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops. The federal agency says only four of the 143 people known to have been infected in the US between 1962 and 2017 have survived.

Symptoms including headache, nausea, fever and dizziness generally start about five days after infection, with death occurring about five days later, according to the US Centres for Disease Controland Prevention (CDC).

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