Man killed by ‘brain-eating amoeba’ after swimming in Texas wave pool

Man killed by ‘brain-eating amoeba’ after swimming in Texas wave pool

Man killed by ‘brain-eating amoeba’ after swimming in Texas wave pool

"We hope to have results by the end of the week", Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokeswoman Kelly Craine said.

Fabrizio Stabile, 29, of Ventnor, went into the wave pool at BSR Cable Park in Waco and died a few days later on September 21 at an Atlantic City hospital.

Known as "Fab", Stabile was born in Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania, and loved spending time outdoors, according to his obituary in the Press of Atlantic City.

A GoFundMe page - set up by Stabile's friends and family to raise awareness about PAM - writes that Stabile's symptoms first appeared on the afternoon of September 16, when he experienced an intense headache that forced him to take pain medication and lie down.

The "heat-loving" amoeba is most commonly found in soil and warm fresh water, including lakes rivers and hot springs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now investigating the source of the "brain-eating amoeba" that killed the surfer.

A New Jersey man died after suffering from complications of a brain-eating parasite he may have contracted after visiting a Texas resort, his family said last week. He soon went back to sleep after taking medicine for a headache but his condition quickly deteriorated.

The owner of the surf resort, Stuart E. Parsons Jr., said he will continue to comply with requests related to the investigation of Stabile's death. Once the amoeba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM, which is usually fatal. Death usually occurs within two weeks.

Meanwhile, the BSR Surf Resort voluntarily closed its doors until the results of the analysis determine whether the surfer was infected, or not, in the artificial wave pool.

However, people will not be infected by Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water.

"A small CDC team collected samples for Naegleria Fowleri testing and will be working with the health department on recommendations to provide the facility on how to reduce potential exposures", reported CDC spokesperson Candice Burns Hoffmann in the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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