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

Faith Castro
October 1, 2018

An artist's rendering of the newly opened wave pool at BSR Cable Park Surf Resort, in Waco, where Stabile is feared to have picked up the brain-eating amoeba that killed him (Picture: BSR Cable Park Surf Resort) Naegleria fowleri pictured under a microscope.

The "heat-loving" amoeba is most commonly found in soil and warm fresh water, including lakes rivers and hot springs.

Stabile reportedly had days of severe headaches until he eventually couldn't move or speak properly.

Symptoms of the amoeba are similar to bacterial meningitis.

The disease causes "primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), which destroys brain tissue and causes swelling and death", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He died the next day. "The worst-case scenario was unfolding in front of our eyes as we learned that this infection results in a 98 percent fatality rate". Other symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, seizures, and hallucinations.

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The individual who died has been identified as 29 year-old Fabrizio Stabile of Ventnor.

According to the CDC's website, symptoms usually start one to nine days after swimming, and those infected typically die one to 18 days after the symptoms begin to show.

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

He worked at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Bass Pro Shops. "He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family", his obituary reads. "Overall, he had a keen love for fishing". "Fabrizio will be remembered as someone with a contagious smile, who could lift the spirits of anyone and everyone he talked to".

BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. says it will also continue to comply with requests related to the investigation of Fabrizio Stabile's death. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave". Parsons added that his park follows all CDC "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

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