Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Texas surf resort closed for 'brain-eating amoeba' testing

Waco wave pool bsr cable park Naegleria fowleri According to reports the CDC is testing for Naegleria fowleri after the death of Fabrizio “Fab” Stabile on September 21
| 04 October, 2018, 13:29

After returning home to New Jersey, Stabile died on September 21 due to amoeba that can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain.

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 GoFundMe page announcing the death of Fabrizio Stabile, 29, of Ventnor, N.J., one town over from Atlantic City, indicated that Stabile suddenly came down with a severe headache while mowing his lawn on September 16 and died on September 21.

Only a handful of people are known to have survived after contracting the brain-eating amoeba and one of those cases happened in Broward County.

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.

Naegleria fowleri can be treated with a new drug called miltefosine but in Stabile's case, it was too late.

Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. offered his honest condolences to Stabile's family and says the park will continue to comply with the ongoing investigation.

Symptoms start between one and nine days after swimming or other nasal exposure to Naegleria-containing water.


The fatality rate is over 97 percent and only four of 143 known infected individuals in the United States from 1962 to 2017 have survived.

She said didn't know when Stabile was at the park. As soon as it reaches the brain, it can cause Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (or PAM for short), which is generally fatal.

It is believed he contracted the ferocious brain-eating amoeba after visiting BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco, Texas. PAM is hard to detect because the disease progresses rapidly, so diagnosis is usually made after death, the CDC said.

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

According to the CDC, Naegleria fowleri infections are rare, with just 34 reported between 2008 and 2017.

Doctors are not sure how or why a very few people are susceptible, but it's clear that having water forced up into the sinuses, perhaps by dunking or diving, is an important factor.

The park remains closed pending the findings of the CDC.

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