Published: Tue, October 02, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

New Jersey Man Dies from 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba

New Jersey Man Dies from 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba

A New Jersey man has been killed by a brain-eating parasite he may have contracted at a wave pool in Texas, reports claim.

But the "brain-eating amoeba" infections can also occur in inadequately chlorinated swimming pools or heated and contaminated tap water, hot springs, geothermal drinking water, and water heaters.

He was diagnosed with the deadly bug the day before he died.

Fabrizio Stabile, 29 died just one day after he was diagnosed with Naegleria fowleri, according to a GoFundMe page created by his family.

Naegleria Fowleri is especially risky, proving fatal 97 percent of the time according to the CDC.

"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.

The Naegleria fowleri amoeba is a free-living amoeba found in warm freshwater ponds, lakes and rivers, which feeds on bacteria but can cause a lethal infection in humans. If water containing the amoeba goes up the nose, it can cause an infection that is fatal 97 percent of the time.

CDC has already collected water samples and hopes to deliver conclusions by the end of the week.

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An obituary for Stabile in The Press of Atlantic City describes him as an avid outdoorsman who loved surfing, snowboarding and fishing.

Kelly Craine, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokesperson said, "The CDC collected water samples and are now investigating to find the source".

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", Parsons told CBS.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise awarness of the dangers posed by Naegleria Fowleri in Stabile's memory.

The infection is very rare, as about 35 cases have been reported in the the last decade, officials said. Only four people out of 143 have survived infection in the USA from 1962 to 2017, the CDC said.

The infection can not be passed from person to person and typically occurs during the summer months of July, August and September.

Above the infamous man-made wave in operation prior to its voluntary closure to be tested by the CDC.

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