Surfer dies from brain eating amoeba after visiting Waco, Texas, resort

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 By Chas Smith
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WACO, Texas ― A 29-year-old surfer from New Jersey has died from what is being referred to as a "brain-eating amoeba" after visiting a resort in Waco, Texas.

According to his obituary, Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile was declared brain dead by physicians at the Atlantic City Medical Center on September 21, just one day after he was diagnosed with primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

Kelly Craine, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson said, "The CDC collected water samples and are now investigating to find the source".

Symptoms including headache, nausea, fever and dizziness generally start about five days after infection, with death occurring about five days later, according to the US Centres for Disease Controland Prevention (CDC). The organizations statistics indicate that since 1962 there have been 143 confirmed cases, of which only four people survived.

You can not be infected with Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water and the amoeba is not found in salt water.

He was rushed to hospital after he was unable to speak coherently to his mother or get out of his bed several hours later.

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

In one week, almost $23,000 has been raised to start the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness, according to the GoFundMe page.

"Preliminary testing results should be ready later this week".

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

A CDC spokesperson said test results should come back sometime this week.

The owner of BSR Cable Park, Stuart E. Parsons Jr., said the park will continue to comply with requests related to the investigation of Stabile's death. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave". Parsons added that his park follows all CDC "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

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