CDC investigating 'brain eating amoeba' at surf resort in Waco

02 October, 2018, 13:40 | Author: Kara Nash
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A 29-year-old man from New Jersey has died from an infection of the "brain-eating amoeba" Naegleria fowleri, prompting a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigation into the Waco, Texas, water park he visited shortly before he fell ill.

Fabrizio Stabile, of Ventor, reportedly contracted the amoeba from a wave pool at a surf resort in central Texas.

Naegleria fowleri is commonly referred to as the "brain-eating amoeba".

Page organizer Stephanie Papastephanou wrote that while Stabile was mowing his lawn on the afternoon of Sunday September 16, he suddenly experienced a severe headache and went to lie down.

According to a GoFundMe page, Stabile contracted naegleria fowleri, which the page says has only been diagnosed 143 times in the U.S.in the last 55 years. He said the surf resort is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

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 amoeba is found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers and hot springs.

It causes the nervous-system infection primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) by traveling up a person's nostrils and into their brain, but can not be transmitted if a person swallows water contaminated with the bug.

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons said in a statement.

Ten days later, Naegleria fowleri was also detected in a Louisiana water system near Shreveport on September 26, according to KTBS. The federal agency says only four of the 143 people known to have been infected in the USA between 1962 and 2017 have survived. "We hope to have results by the end of the week".

Parsons said the park has voluntarily closed pending the results of the CDC testing.

Known as "Fab", Stabile was born in Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania, and loved spending time outdoors, according to his obituary in the Press of Atlantic City. Most infections occur from exposure to contaminated recreational water.

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