NJ Surfer Dies From Rare, "Brain-Eating Amoeba"

The BSR Surf Resort voluntarily closed down its wave pool after a surfer infected with Naegleria fowleri died since visiting the park. CDC is working to determine the source of the amoeba

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.

Fabrizio Stabile, 29, fell ill after visiting the pool at BSR Cable Park in Waco in September. Stabile's headache, fever, confusion, and brain swelling all pointed to some type of bacterial meningitis - a severe and often life-threatening inflammation of the membrane surrounding the brain. Infections such as the one Stabile had, though rare, happen when the water enters the body through the nose.

The surf park voluntarily closed on Friday pending a CDC investigation, reported local media, and is complying with local health departments.

"The CDC collected water samples and are now investigating to find the source", Kelly Craine, a Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson, told KBTX Sunday.

NJ.com reported that by the time he was diagnosed, it was "too late to administer the drug that has been given to three of the only five survivors in North America".

The CDC says people are typically infected when they go diving or swimming in warm freshwater places like lakes and rivers.

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"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up as The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation, where more than US$22,000 of a $50,000 target has been raised so far. He later died of primary amoebic meningoencephalitis caused by the amoeba.

In one week, almost $23,000 has been raised to start the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness, according to the GoFundMe page. Infections usually occur when it is hot for prolonged periods of time, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels.

It is now closed as health officials carry out testing.

However, people will not be infected by Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water.

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