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

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

The 29-year-old man died in New Jersey in September after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri.

Frabrizio Stabile, of Ventor, New Jersey, had swam in the wave pool at BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort prior to testing positive for Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that usually occurs in warm freshwater.

Stabile reportedly had days of severe headaches until he eventually couldn't move or speak properly. An obituary in The Press of Atlantic City describes Stabile as an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, surfing and snowboarding.

The amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, is typically seen in fresh water.

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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".

Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic amoeba which is a single-celled living organism.

Naegleria fowleri can not be contracted by swallowing contaminated water, according to the CDC.

The surf park voluntarily closed on Friday pending a CDC investigation, reported local media, and is complying with local health departments. The disease causes "primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which destroys brain tissue and causes swelling and death", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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A spokesperson for the CDC said preliminary testing results from the facility are expected to be returned this week.

Normally, people are infected when contaminated water enters through their nose, according to the agency.

'BSR Surf Resort operates a state of the art artificial man-made wave.

Of the 34 cases reported in the United States 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.

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