NJ surfer dies from 'brain eating amoeba' after visiting Texas water park

Grant Boone
October 2, 2018

Naegleria fowleri is a deadly brain-eating amoeba-and not the kind of thing you want to come in contact with.

Stabile died at the Atlantic City Medical Center in New Jersey on September 21, days after returning home from Texas, NJ.com reported. Those infected usually die within about five days.

On Thursday, he tested positive for Naegleria fowleri - an infection that has only affected 34 people between 2008 to 2017, according to the CDC.

Craine said BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort voluntarily closed as health officials investigate.

The CDC says Naegleria fowleri is commonly found in warm freshwater and soil.

It causes the nervous-system infection primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) by traveling up a person's nostrils and into their brain, but can not be transmitted if a person swallows water contaminated with the bug.

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The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly ameba colloquially known as a "brain-eating amoeba".

Above the infamous man-made wave in operation prior to its voluntary closure to be tested by the CDC.

"Fab" was an avid outdoorsman who loved snowboarding, surfing and anything to do with friends and family.

Friend and family members have created a new nonprofit to raise awareness of the amoeba, called "The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness".

Of the 34 cases reported in the U.S. between 2008 and 2017, 30 people had been infected by recreational water, three people were infected after performing nasal irrigation using contaminated tap water, and one person was infected by contaminated tap water used on a backyard water toy. "Overall he had a keen love for fishing", the post said.

The fatality rate is over 97 percent and only four of 143 known infected individuals in the USA from 1962 to 2017 have survived. "The worst-case scenario was unfolding in front of our eyes as we learned that this infection results in a 98% fatality rate", the page continued, sharing mortality figures listed by the CDC.

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