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Texas Pool Closes After 'Brain- Eating Amoeba' Kills Visitor

Texas Pool Closes After 'Brain- Eating Amoeba' Kills Visitor”

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly ameba colloquially known as a "brain-eating amoeba".

Stabile had used the park's wave pool while on vacation, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile, 29, of Ventnor, N.J., died September 21 - five days after complaining of a severe, sudden headache.

Stabile was immediately rushed to the hospital in Pleasantville, New Jersey, where doctors first believed his brain swelling and fever symptoms were caused by bacterial meningitis.

Twenty-nine-year-old Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile passed away at the Atlantic City Medical Center on Friday, September 21 after a brief fight with the bug.

Infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers.

Infections can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose.

He died five days later and tested positive for Naegleria fowleri the day before his death, his family said.

Naegleria fowleri infections are rare.

The owner of the resort, Stuart E. Parsons Jr., said he will continue to comply with requests related to the investigation of Stabile's death, who died in New Jersey earlier this month after falling ill with Naegleria fowleri. "We hope to have results by the end of the week", Waco-McLennan County Public Health District spokeswoman Kelly Craine said. He said the surf resort is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

It's a type of amoeba that can be fatal if it enters a person's brain.

No other sites tested showed contamination, according to the water system.

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