Texas surf resort closed for ‘brain-eating amoeba’ testing

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 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 federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conducting tests on the water at BSR Cable Park, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported, and the park's Surf Resort has closed voluntarily as it awaits the results. The 29-year-old man died in New Jersey earlier this month after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri. Parsons added that his park follows all CDC "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri". It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

Infections can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose.

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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The park is voluntarily closed until the test results come back.

Craine said one person from out of state who visited the park has been infected by the amoeba, and the CDC is trying to find the source. According to the CDC's website, symptoms usually start one to nine days after swimming, and those infected typically die one to 18 days after the symptoms begin to show. Later symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations.

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