NJ surfer dies from 'brain eating amoeba' after visiting Texas water park

01 October, 2018, 21:27 | Author: Cecil Davis

Stabile is believed to have contracted Naegleria fowleri during a visit to the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas.

Once he returned home to New Jersey, Stabile complained of a severe headache on September 16, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up to spread awareness about N. fowleri.

Stabile died at the Atlantic City Medical Center in New Jersey on September 21, days after returning home from Texas, NJ.com reported.

Naegleria fowleri is known as the "brain-eating amoeba" and is usually found in warm fresh water.

In a statement, Stuart Parsons Jr., the owner of BSR Cable Park, said his "hearts and prayers" are with Stabile's family.

Parsons said the park has voluntarily closed pending the results of the CDC testing. Later symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations.

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

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"After the start of symptoms, the disease progresses rapidly and usually causes death within about 5 days (range 1 to 12 days)", the agency said.

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

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

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

The surfer who passed away was Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile from New Jersey.

The disease, according to the CDC, is nearly always fatal, with only four people out of 143 cases have survived the infection. "He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family", his obituary reads. 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. "Overall, he had a keen love for fishing". "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave".

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