Texas Resort Closes After Man Dies from Brain-eating Bacteria

Texas Resort Closes After Man Dies from Brain-eating Bacteria

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is testing the surf resort where Stabile ingested the amoeba, and the water park is voluntarily closed until the CDC's investigation is complete, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Frabrizio Stabile, of Ventor, New Jersey, died on September 21, days after visiting BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco, Texas.

Naegleria fowleri can not be contracted by swallowing contaminated water, according to the CDC.

"Naegleria fowleri infects people when water containing the ameba enters the body through the nose". Four out of 143 known infected individuals in the U.S.in the past 55 years have survived.

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

After complaining of a headache, his mother was unable to wake him the next morning, and he was rushed to hospital.

An obituary for Stabile in the Press of Atlantic City newspaper said he was an "avid outdoorsman", who had worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops.

The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, ponds and canals.

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He died five days later and tested positive for Naegleria fowleri the day before his death, his family said.

Naegleria fowleri infections are not all that common, but with a fatality rate over 97%, Naegleria fowleri survivors are extremely rare.

"Preliminary testing results should be ready later this week". Later symptoms include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention, hallucinations, loss of balance and seizures.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. told the Waco Tribune.

Stabile died two days later on September 21 from Naegleria fowleri.

The park remains closed pending the findings of the CDC.

'BSR Surf Resort operates a state of the art artificial man-made wave. He said the surf resort is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

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