New Jersey Man Dies from 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba

Waco wave pool bsr cable park Naegleria fowleri

Waco wave pool bsr cable park Naegleria fowleri

An artist's rendering of the newly opened wave pool at BSR Cable Park Surf Resort, in Waco, where Stabile is feared to have picked up the brain-eating amoeba that killed him (Picture: BSR Cable Park Surf Resort) Naegleria fowleri pictured under a microscope.

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 Stabile's family says the 29-year-old complained of a severe headache on September 16, and by the following day he was incoherent and unable to get out of bed.

The amoeba, called Naegleria fowleri, is typically seen in fresh water.

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

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

Park owner Stuart Parsons told the Waco Tribune-Herald that the facility closed for testing Friday, and that Stabile had only used its wave pool during his visit at an unspecified date.

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said the parks' "hearts and prayers" were with the "family, friends and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time".

Doctors first thought he was suffering from meningitis, but tests revealed he had Naegleria fowleri the day before his death, when it was too late to treat the infection. Other symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations. 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. He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family.

"Preliminary testing results should be ready later this week". "Overall he had a keen love for fishing", the post said.

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