NJ Surfer Dies From Rare, "Brain-Eating Amoeba"

NJ Surfer Dies From Rare,

NJ Surfer Dies From Rare, "Brain-Eating Amoeba"

"'Fab, ' as family and friends would call him, was an avid outdoorsman".

Stabile's family has created the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness "to bring awareness to, and educate as many people as possible about, this rare and preventable infection", they said on GoFundMe.

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

Symptoms of Naegleria fowleri include headache, fever, nausea or vomiting and usually start one to nine days after the initial infection.

He was diagnosed with the deadly bug the day before he died.

Park owner Stuart Parsons told the Waco Tribune-Herald that the facility closed for testing Friday, and that Stabile had only used its wave pool during his visit at an unspecified date.

Naegleria fowleri can not be contracted by swallowing contaminated water, according to the CDC. He later died of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis caused by the amoeba.

In very rare instances, Naegleria infections may also occur when contaminated water from other sources (such as inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water or heated and contaminated tap water) enters the nose.

Officials with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are testing the Waco surf resort's water for Naegleria fowleri, KBTX reported.

'We are in compliance with the CDC guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri'.

The park will stay closed until results come back from the investigation.

NJ.com reported that by the time he was diagnosed, it was "too late to administer the drug that has been given to three of the only five survivors in North America".

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. Swallowing water contaminated by the amoeba can not cause the infection.

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