Surfer Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba After Swimming in Texas

04 October, 2018, 13:29 | Author: Stuart Potter
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Fabrizio Stabile, 29, from New Jersey, died on September 21 after becoming ill with Naegleria fowleri, a deadly amoeba that attacks the brain.

Stabile, an avid outdoorsman, came down with a sudden severe headache while mowing his lawn September 16, according to a GoFundMe page.

Stabile, an avid surfer and snowboarder, had worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in addition to Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor equipment establishment in Atlantic City, according to his obituary.

CDC has already collected water samples and hopes to deliver conclusions by the end of the week. They ask that people make donations to Swim Above Water Amoeba Awareness Foundation, an organization aimed at raising awareness of Naegleria fowleri, in lieu of flowers. Those who contract PAM usually die within one to 18 days of showcasing the disease symptoms.

The fatality rate for the infection is over 97%.

The surf park where Stabile is suspected to have contracted the infection.

It's unclear how Stabile contracted the brain-eating amoeba, but the BSR Surf Resort shut down Friday while the CDC conducts an investigation, Kelly Craine, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson, told the Waco Tribune.

Passenger plane crash landed into the ocean
Harris said initial reports suggested the plane was too low as it prepared to land and ended up short of the runway. Within minutes, locals scrambled a flotilla of small boats to pluck the 35 passengers and 12 crew from the water.

The CDC reports the amoeba is usually found in warm freshwater, such as lakes, rivers or hot springs. It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

Officials with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are testing the Waco surf resort's water for Naegleria fowleri, KBTX reported.

The "heat-loving" amoeba causes PAM, or primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a rare and almost always fatal disease of the central nervous system, according to the CDC.

Doctors are not sure how or why a very few people are susceptible, but it's clear that having water forced up into the sinuses, perhaps by dunking or diving, is an important factor.

Only four people out of 143 infected in the United States between 1962 and 2017 have survived, according to the CDC.

The park remains closed pending the findings of the CDC.

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