New Jersey man dies after contracting brain-eating parasite

Leslie Hanson
October 2, 2018

- Test results are expected later this week after a man who visited a landlocked surf resort in Central Texas died from a rare "brain-eating amoeba", local health officials said Monday.

A young surfer has died after contracting a deadly rare brain-eating amoeba in the U.S. Doctors determined he had been infected by Naegleria fowleri - commonly known as the "brain-eating amoeba" - which has a fatality rate of 97 percent.

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

There have been no reports of other illnesses, and Naegleria fowleri infection does not spread from person to person.

NJ.com reported that by the time he was diagnosed, it was "too late to administer the drug that has been given to three of the only five survivors in North America".

"Our hearts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the New Jersey surf community during this hard time", BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. said in a statement to the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Infection typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers. Once it travels through the nose it causes a devastating brain infection called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).


Stabile's obituary said that he passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, September 21 at the Atlantic City Medical Center.

CDC has already collected water samples and hopes to deliver conclusions by the end of the week.

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

In the wake of Stabile's death his family founded the Fabrizio Stabile Foundation for Naegleria Fowleri Awareness - which has raised more than $22,000 in less than a week via a GoFundMe page.

The infection can not be passed from person to person and typically occurs during the summer months of July, August and September.

Only four people out of 143 infected in the United States between 1962 and 2017 have survived, according to the CDC. "Overall, he had a keen love for fishing".

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