Surfer’s death from ‘brain-eating amoeba’ closes wave pool in Texas

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 A landlocked surf resort in Central Texas closed Friday after a man who swam in the wave pool died from what is commonly known to as a “brain-eating amoeba.”

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing BSR Cable Park’s Surf Resort for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly ameba colloquially known as a “brain-eating amoeba.”

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said it will continue to comply with requests related to the investigation of Fabrizio Stabile’s death.

The 29-year-old man died in New Jersey Friday after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri, according to KWKT-TV.

Parsons said Stabile had been in the park’s wave pool. Officials are investigating the source.

Kelly Craine, the spokesperson for the McLennan County Health District says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted the district about a patient suffering from a brain infection. 

The CDC collected water samples and examined the entire water system at the park Wednesday, according to KWKT-TV.

An obituary in The Press of Atlantic City describes Stabile as an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, surfing, and snowboarding.

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

He said the surf resort, which operates an artificial man-made wave, is in compliance with the CDC’s “guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri.”

The surf resort has closed pending the test results from the CDC, he said. It’s unclear if the park remained closed Sunday morning and the CDC did not immediately respond to a call seeking information on whether others who visited could have Naegleria fowleri.

The CDC says people are typically infected when they go diving or swimming in warm freshwater places. Normally, people are infected when contaminated water enters through their nose, according to the agency.

Stabile’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help raise awareness about this deadly infection. 

If you wish to donate, click here. 

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