A 29-year-old surfer, Fabrizio Stabile, who recently visited a Waco, Texas, resort has died from what is commonly referred to as a "brain-eating amoeba".
A New Jersey man died after suffering from complications of a brain-eating parasite he may have contracted after visiting a Texas resort, his family said last week.
Naegleria fowleri is a deadly brain-eating amoeba-and not the kind of thing you want to come in contact with.
"It only got worse the next day, and when his mother went to check on him, he could not move or speak coherently, and he was rushed to an area hospital, where he was treated for symptoms of meningitis", according to NJ.com.
In one week, almost $23,000 has been raised to start the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness, according to the GoFundMe page.
Park owner Stuart Parsons told the Waco Tribune-Herald that the facility closed for testing Friday, and that Stabile had only used its wave pool during his visit at an unspecified date.
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The amoeba can infect people when it enters the body through the nose. He also said he and his workers' "hearts and prayers" are with family and friends of Stabile and the New Jersey surf community.
"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", the owner of BSR Cable Park, Stuart Parsons, told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "We hope to have results by the end of the week", said Kelly Craine, a spokesperson for Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.
The amoeba is rare, with 34 infections reported in the United States from 2008 to 2017.
Stabile's family has created the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness "to bring awareness to, and educate as many people as possible about, this rare and preventable infection", they said on GoFundMe.
The infection can not be passed from person to person and typically occurs during the summer months of July, August and September. The fatality rate is over 97 percent, with only four people surviving the infection, according to statistics kept since 1962.
Known as "Fab", Stabile was born in Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania, and loved spending time outdoors, according to his obituary in the Press of Atlantic City.