Brain-eating amoeba detected in water system in Louisiana

The BSR Surf Resort voluntarily closed down its wave pool after a surfer infected with Naegleria fowleri died since visiting the park. CDC is working to determine the source of the amoeba

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. Parsons added that his park follows all CDC "guidelines and recommendations concerning Naegleria fowleri".

Stabile died at the Atlantic City Medical Center in New Jersey on September 21, days after returning home from Texas, NJ.com reported.

Officials with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention are testing the Waco surf resort's water for Naegleria fowleri.

The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing BSR Cable Park's Surf Resort for Naegleria fowleri, a rare but highly deadly ameba colloquially known as a "brain-eating amoeba".

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is now investigating the case and BSR has voluntarily ceased operation until conclusive results are available.

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

Doctors first thought he was suffering from meningitis, but tests revealed he had Naegleria fowleri the day before his death, when it was too late to treat the infection. Once the amoeba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM (which destroys brain tissue) and is usually fatal.

Naegleria fowleri infections are rare.

A spokesperson for the CDC said preliminary testing results from the facility are expected to be returned this week.

No other sites tested showed contamination, according to the water system. The organizations statistics indicate that since 1962 there have been 143 confirmed cases, of which only four people survived.

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