Man dies of brain-eating amoeba after visiting water park

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Fabrizio Stabile, 29, visited the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas, where it's suspected he contracted the rare amoeba Naegleria fowleri, an infection so rare it's only been diagnosed 143 times in the United States since 1962.

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

Stabile, an avid outdoorsman, came down with a sudden severe headache while mowing his lawn September 16, according to a GoFundMe page.

You can not be infected with Naegleria fowleri by drinking contaminated water and the amoeba is not found in salt water.

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Symptoms of Naegleria fowleri include headache, fever, nausea or vomiting and usually start one to nine days after the initial infection.

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

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

The surf resort has been closed pending the test results from the CDC, he said.

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"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said in a statement, per the AP.

According to the CDC, people are typically infected with Naegleria fowleri when diving or swimming in warm freshwater. Those infected usually die within about five days.

A spokesperson for the CDC said preliminary testing results from the facility are expected to be returned this week. "He loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family", his obituary reads.

In a statement it said: "CDC is testing water samples for Naegleria fowleri and will be working with the health department on recommendations to provide the facility on how to reduce potential exposures. Overall he had a keen love for fishing", the post said. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave".

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