Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Central Texas surf resort closed for 'brain-eating amoeba' testing

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 Waco Wavepool Closed While CDC Tests for “Brain Eating Amoeba”
Johnnie Parks | 03 October, 2018, 14:02

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now investigating the source of the "brain-eating amoeba" that killed the surfer.

Though it's unclear exactly how the man, 29-year-old Fabrizio Stabile, got the amoeba, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now investigating BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco, Texas, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported on September 28.

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

Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile, 29, of Ventnor, N.J., died September 21 - five days after complaining of a severe, sudden headache. 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. The federal agency says only four of the 143 people known to have been infected in the US between 1962 and 2017 have survived.

Infections can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose.

Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tested the wave pool at BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort on Monday, October 1st, and results are expected later this week.

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In a statement it said: "CDC is testing water samples for Naegleria fowleri and will be working with the health department on recommendations to provide the facility on how to reduce potential exposures".

The water park's owner has said he will comply with further requests relating to the investigation.

"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", Stephanie wrote.

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".

The "heat-loving" amoeba is most commonly found in soil and warm fresh water, including lakes rivers and hot springs.

Those interested in donating to The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation can do so here. Once it travels through the nose it causes a devastating brain infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Swallowing water contaminated by the amoeba can not cause the infection. According to the CDC's website, symptoms usually start one to nine days after swimming, and those infected typically die one to 18 days after the symptoms begin to show.

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