The CDC Investigates after New Jersey Surfer Dies from Brain-Eating Amoeba

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According to The Waco Tribune Herald, Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile passed away from an infection linked to Naegleria Fowleri, which is an extremely rare and deadly organism that targets the brain.

The 29-year-old Fabrizio Stabile died after it contracted a very rare illness caused by Naegleria fowleri, or more commonly known as a brain-eating amoeba.

Stabile, an avid outdoorsman with a passion for surfing, snowboarding and fishing, had returned home when he began suffering a severe headache while mowing his lawn on September 16, loved ones said.

Tests of his body showed the presence of Naegleria Fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba contracted by ingesting warm freshwater in bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and hot springs. "He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family", his obituary reads.

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

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

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However, people will not be infected by Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water.

Surf Resort owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. told the Waco Tribune-Herald that Stabile had been in the park's wave pool. Symptoms of the infection generally start within a few days of exposure, with death occurring about five days later, according to the CDC.

According to Parsons, the rest of the park's amenities are unaffected so only those who frequented the wave pool should be alarmed. From the nose, it can travel to the brain and cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis, or PAM, the CDC noted.

"Under pressure, the park shuttered the water feature for almost two months and a federal epidemiologist found that filtration and disinfection systems were inadequate to properly clean the facility's turbid waters", the newspaper reported.

The CDC will continue to investigate the surf resort in Waco.

The BSR Surf Resort will stay closed until the results come back from the investigation. Its symptoms mimic those of bacterial meningitis and include fever, headache, and nausea. People can't get it by swallowing water contaminated with the amoeba, the CDC says.

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