December 17, 2018

Texas surf park closes after man dies from rare 'brain-eating amoeba'

01 October 2018, 05:11 | Rodolfo Wallace

Texas surf park closes after man 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

Naegleria fowleri is known as the "brain-eating amoeba" and is usually found in warm fresh water.

Parsons said Stabile had been in the park's wave pool.

Stabile reportedly had days of severe headaches until he eventually couldn't move or speak properly.

Syabile was pronounced brain dead on Sep.

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said BSR Surf Resort values its guests' safety and will continue to comply with requests from the CDC and local health department in the investigation. An obituary in The Press of Atlantic City describes Stabile as an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, surfing and snowboarding.

Naegleria fowleri is a microscopic amoeba which is a single-celled living organism.

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Naegleria fowleri is commonly referred to as the "brain-eating amoeba" as it can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

Normally, people are infected when contaminated water enters through their nose, according to the agency.

Naegleria fowleri infections are rare. Multiple test results for other bacteria and viruses had been negative or inconclusive.

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E Parsons Jr. said: 'Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave".

According to the CDC, there have only been 143 diagnosed cases of the parasite in the 56 years since it was discovered. Most infections occur from exposure to contaminated recreational water. "By the time Fabrizio was diagnosed, it was too late to administer the drug that had previously been provided to three of the only five known survivors in North America".

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