Texas surf resort closed for ‘brain-eating amoeba’ testing

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Fabrizio Stabile, 29, visited the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas, where it's suspected he contracted the rare amoeba Naegleria fowleri, an infection so rare it's only been diagnosed 143 times in the United States since 1962.

A New Jersey man died after contracting a "brain-eating" amoeba called Naegleria fowleri, according to news 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.

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

Fabrizio Stabile, 29, died September 21, according to his obituary.

The park will stay closed until results come back from the investigation.

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"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said in a statement to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

On Thursday, he tested positive for Naegleria fowleri - an infection that has only affected 34 people between 2008 to 2017, according to the CDC. Infections usually occur when it is hot for prolonged periods of time, which results in higher water temperatures and lower water levels.

He was diagnosed with the deadly bug the day before he died. Parsons added that his park follows all CDC "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri". Later symptoms include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention, hallucinations, loss of balance and seizures.

Infections most typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater, but in "very rare instances", it can also occur in contaminated water from sources such as "inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water". "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave. He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family", his obituary reads.

He had a keen love for fishing, which led him to work for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops.