New Jersey surfer dies from brain-eating amoeba

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The 29-year-old apparently contracted a rare but highly deadly amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, or most commonly known as a "brain-eating amoeba", after spending time in the park's wave pool, according to Waco Tribune-Herald.

A GoFundMe page - set up by Stabile's friends and family to raise awareness about PAM - writes that Stabile's symptoms first appeared on the afternoon of September 16, when he experienced an intense headache that forced him to take pain medication and lie down.

A young surfer has died after contracting a deadly rare brain-eating amoeba in the U.S.

Stabile was an avid outdoorsman who loved snowboarding, surfing, and anything to do with friends and family, according to an obituary published by The Press of Atlantic City.

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

The CDC collected water samples from the park, and it will remain closed until the source of the contamination can be found.

The amoeba, also known as Naegleria fowleri, is "incredibly rare", but is naturally occurring in warm, fresh and sometimes stagnant water.

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Infections can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose.

The disease, according to the CDC, is nearly always fatal, with only four people out of 143 cases have survived the infection. As soon as it reaches the brain, it can cause Primary Amoebic Meningoencephalitis (or PAM for short), which is generally fatal. "The Naegleria fowleri ameba then travels up the nose to the brain where it destroys the brain tissue", according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The "heat-loving" amoeba causes PAM, or primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a rare and almost always fatal disease of the central nervous system, according to the CDC.

It is believed he contracted the ferocious brain-eating amoeba after visiting BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort in Waco, Texas.

A GoFundMe Campaign was started on behalf of Stabile to bring awareness to Naegleria fowleri. People can't get it by swallowing water contaminated with the amoeba, the CDC says.

From 2008 to 2017, only 34 infections have been reported in the United States.