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".
Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile, 29, of Ventnor, N.J., died September 21 - five days after complaining of a severe, sudden headache.
Fabrizio Stabile died on Friday, September 21st, after falling ill with Naegleria Fowleri. Stabile had previously been surfing in the pool - but it is unknown at this time whether he contracted Naegleria Fowleri from the water in the Waco facility. One other person who visited the water park has also reportedly been infected by the amoeba.
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BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. told The Associated Press that the park is closed and is cooperating with the investigation into Stabile's death. The CDC stated that, in such cases, death can occur after 18 days, so it is regarded as a generally fatal disease.
"BSR Surf Resort operates a state of the art artificial man-made wave", he said.
The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater, such as lakes, hot springs, untreated well water, and rivers.
Officials with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are testing the Waco surf resort's water for Naegleria fowleri, KBTX reported.
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The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now testing the resort for the rare amoeba, and the park has since voluntarily closed its doors. Out of the 143 people that have contracted the disease since 1962, only four have survived according to the CDC website. Following the onset of symptoms, patients typically die from PAM within five days.
Stabile's family have launched a GoFundMe for the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness, in hopes of educating more people about the infection.
Doctors are not sure how or why a very few people are susceptible, but it's clear that having water forced up into the sinuses, perhaps by dunking or diving, is an important factor.
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