The Waco wave pool in Texas, where notable surfers like Albee Layer and Kalani David of the Dakine team have surfed, is now under investigation from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) for a brain-eating amoeba.It is unclear if the surf resort's waters now host the deadly single-celled organism, however, the death of a New Jersey surfer who visited the pool has prompted further investigation. The move came following the death of New Jersey surfer Fabrizio "Fab" Stabile, who had reportedly been in the wave pool prior to his death from the disease earlier this month at the age of 29.
CDC has already collected water samples and hopes to deliver conclusions by the end of the week.
The contaminated water enters swimmers and divers' bodies through the nose, and then travels to the brain where it causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).
Only four people out of 143 infected in the United States between 1962 and 2017 have survived, according to the CDC. The agency is testing for Naegleria fowleri, colloquially known as a "brain-eating amoeba".
He was rushed to hospital after he was unable to speak coherently to his mother or get out of his bed several hours later. According to the CDC's website, symptoms usually start one to nine days after swimming, and those infected typically die one to 18 days after the symptoms begin to show.
Naegleria fowleri infections are not all that common, but with a fatality rate over 97%, Naegleria fowleri survivors are extremely rare. Results from the investigation are expected to be ready next week.
She said she didn't know when Stabile was at the park. Later symptoms include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention, hallucinations, loss of balance and seizures.
Stabile died two days later on September 21 from Naegleria fowleri.
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. "BSR Surf Resort operates a state-of-the-art artificial man-made wave".
Parsons said the park has voluntarily closed pending the results of the CDC testing.