Man dies of brain-eating amoeba after visiting water park

Man dies of brain-eating amoeba after visiting water park

A "brain-eating amoeba" infection is the suspected cause of death for a 29-year-old New Jersey man who died after visiting a Texas water park, according to his family.

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

Once he returned home to New Jersey, Stabile complained of a severe headache on September 16, according to a GoFundMe campaign set up to spread awareness about N. fowleri.

Doctors determined he had been infected by Naegleria fowleri - commonly known as the "brain-eating amoeba" - which has a fatality rate of 97 percent.

Symptoms include headache, fever, nausea or vomiting and come on within one to nine days after infection, the CDC said.

Stabile returned to New Jersey and began suffering from a headache on September 16, according to the family's GoFundMe page.

It's unclear if the park remained closed on Sunday morning and the CDC did not immediately respond to a call seeking information on whether others who visited could have Naegleria fowleri.

In a statement, Stuart Parsons Jr., the owner of BSR Cable Park, said his "hearts and prayers" are with Stabile's family.

According to the CDC, Naegleria fowleri infections are rare, with just 34 reported between 2008 and 2017.

Parsons said his resort's wave pool is in compliance with the CDC's "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

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

Initial symptoms of PAM usually start within 1 to 7 days after infection. Later symptoms include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention, hallucinations, loss of balance and seizures. "He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family", his obituary reads.

A spokesperson for the CDC said preliminary testing results from the facility are expected to be returned this week. "Overall, he had a keen love for fishing".

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