A New Jersey man has died from a brain-eating amoeba he may have contracted while swimming in Texas.
Twenty-nine-year-old Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile passed away at the Atlantic City Medical Center on Friday, September 21 after a brief fight with the bug.
Naegleria fowleri is known as the "brain-eating amoeba" and is usually found in warm fresh water.
Fabrizio Stabile came down with a "severe headache" while mowing his lawn in Ventnor, NJ., on September 16.
"Even so, this drug is not easily accessible".
Naegleria fowleri is a rare and deadly free-living microscopic ameba that is commonly found in warm freshwater lakes and rivers, and soil.
A small CDC team collected samples for Naegleria fowleri testing and will be working with the health department on recommendations to provide the facility on how to reduce potential exposures.
Naegleria Fowleri is especially unsafe, proving fatal 97 percent of the time according to the CDC. "The worst-case scenario was unfolding in front of our eyes as we learned that this infection results in a 98 percent fatality rate".
BSR Cable Park owner Stuart E. Parsons Jr. told The Associated Press that the park is closed and is cooperating with the investigation into Stabile's death.
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.
A GoFundMe page has been set up as The Fabrizio Stabile Foundation, where more than US$22,000 of a $50,000 target has been raised so far.
It causes the nervous-system infection primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) by traveling up a person's nostrils and into their brain, but can not be transmitted if a person swallows water contaminated with the bug. The disease progresses rapidly, and it can kill a human being in five days. PAM is hard to detect because the disease progresses rapidly, so diagnosis is usually made after death, the CDC said.
A spokesperson for the CDC said preliminary testing results from the facility are expected to be returned this week.