NJ surfer dies of 'brain-eating amoeba'

Ebony Scott
October 1, 2018

The BSR Surf Resort in Waco, Texas has temporarily shut its doors after a surfer from New Jersey died as a result of complications from Naegleria fowleri, which is often referred to as a "brain-eating amoeba".

BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort is closed while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tests for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly amoeba, CBS affiliate KBTX-TV reports.

Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile, 29, of Ventnor, N.J., died September 21 - five days after complaining of a severe, sudden headache.

The amoeba, also known as Naegleria fowleri, is "incredibly rare", but is naturally occurring in warm, fresh and sometimes stagnant water.

Parsons said Stabile had been in the park's wave pool. He went on to develop symptoms, including brain swelling and fever, and was pronounced brain dead on September 21.

It remains unclear when exactly Stabile visited the park, but infection symptoms from the parasite typically flare up between one and nine days after contact.

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now investigating the case and BSR has voluntarily ceased operation until conclusive results are available.

He is believed to have contracted Naegleria fowleri during a visit to the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas, where he swam in the wave pool.

"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. Later symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations. "He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family", his obituary reads. Parsons added that his park follows all CDC "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

He had a keen love for fishing, which led him to work for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops.

The surf resort has closed pending the test results from the CDC, he said.

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