- Fabrizio Stabile of Ventor, New Jersey, died on September 21, days after visiting BSR Cable Park’s Surf Resort in Waco, Texas.
- He tested positive for Naegleria fowleri, a brain-eating amoeba that usually occurs in warm fresh water.
- Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are testing the Waco surf resort’s water for Naegleria fowleri.
A 29-year-old surfer died from what is commonly known as a “brain-eating amoeba” after visiting a resort in Waco, Texas.
Fabrizio Stabile of Ventor, New Jersey, had swam in the wave pool at BSR Cable Park’s Surf Resort prior to testing positive for Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that usually occurs in warm fresh water.
Stabile died at the Atlantic City Medical Center in New Jersey on September 21, days after returning home from Texas, NJ.com reported.
Doctors first thought he was suffering from meningitis, but tests revealed he had Naegleria fowleri the day before his death, when it was too late to treat the infection.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are testing the Waco surf resort’s water for Naegleria fowleri, KBTX reported.
“The CDC collected water samples and are currently investigating to find the source. We hope to have results by the end of the week,” Kelly Craine, spokesperson for Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, said.
BSR Cable Park owner Stuart Parsons Jr. told The Associated Press that the park is closed and is cooperating with the investigation into Stabile’s death.
“Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this difficult time,” Parsons said.
According to the CDC, people are typically infected with Naegleria fowleri when diving or swimming in warm fresh water.
The infection, which can cause a deadly infection called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, usually occurs when contaminated water enters a person’s nose, according to the CDC.
Only four people of the 143 infected with the amoeba in the United States between 1962 and 2017 have survived.
Parsons said his resort’s wave pool is in compliance with the CDC’s “guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri.”
An obituary for Stabile in The Press of Atlantic City describes him as an avid outdoorsman who loved surfing, snowboarding, and fishing.
Stabile’s family have launched a GoFundMe for the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness, in hopes of educating more people about the infection.