Texas surf resort closed for 'brain-eating amoeba' testing

Desiree Steele
October 4, 2018

According to The Waco Tribune Herald, Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile passed away from an infection linked to Naegleria Fowleri, which is an extremely rare and deadly organism that targets the brain.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing at BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort, which voluntarily closed on Friday.

While mowing the lawn on Sunday, Sept. 16, Stabile experienced a severe headache.

Stabile's family has issued an obituary, which described him as someone who loves snowboarding, surfing and fishing.

Doctors at the Atlantic City Medical Center were unable to save Stabile, who died September 21.

CDC crews collected water samples hoping to find the source of the contamination.

Naegleria fowleri can be treated with a new drug called miltefosine but in Stabile's case, it was too late. Initial symptoms typically in include headache, fever, nausea or vomiting. He underwent more tests until he tested positive for nagleria fowleri, which has a 98 percent fatality rate.

Fabrizio Stabile, 29, fell ill after visiting the pool at BSR Cable Park in Waco in September. Infection happens when the Naegleria fowleri enters the nose and travel to the brain where it causes primary amoebic meningoencephalitis.

The infection is very rare, as about 35 cases have been reported in the U.S.in the last decade, officials said.

His family is asking for donations to the Swim Above Amoeba Awareness Foundation in his memory.

It can be found in freshwater in warmer climates, from hot springs to rivers and lakes. As the diseases continues to attack the body it can lead to a stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations. He said the surf resort is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri". The disease progresses rapidly, and it can kill a human being in five days. Swallowing water contaminated by the amoeba can not cause the infection. The federal agency says only four of the 143 people known to have been infected in the US between 1962 and 2017 have survived.

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